Centenarians Are doubling Every Decade
Their numbers are doubling every decade but they are still rare and that is why we are fascinated when we find one. We always ask them how they achieved this goal but is there any accuracy in what they tell us. Longitudinal studies are cheap relatively to do compared to randomised controlled trials (RCTs) but we can usually say RCTs are accurate if they have followed the rules for methodology, participants and measured the right thing. We can’t assume longitudinal studies prove anything other than an association between two things. Part of the reason for this is because we are often asking people what they ate or did many years ago. There are also a lot of other things that haven’t been measured that might account for the benefit we are interested in. When we ask a centenarian to remember his/her eating habits or lifestyle habits we are hoping that he/she can remember, but we can never be sure.
Medicine Knows What We Need
Medicine is expected to know everything but there is no way that they can, sure they do a great job in treating diseases that respond to drugs, surgery and vaccinations but we have now entered a new area that doctors are not equipped to handle. We have entered the era of lifestyle caused diseases. A lot of tests that doctors depend on are surrogate tests because they can’t test to end point which is death, so they rely on science that has been done for them by scientists. Some of this science we can’t be sure of. Controversy raged last year when studies showed cholesterol levels did not cause plaque build up but inflammation did.This is not the common inflammation that we are used to but a low grade systemic inflammation that we are still learning about. What we do know now is that lifestyle behaviours will cause this inflammation.
Living To 100 Years Is A Great Achievement
Could this great achievement be like all of the other great achievements and require targeted training to get there? A book was written in 2016 by Professor Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool on the science of achievement which he has studied for more than 30 years. What he says in his book about what is required to gain great achievement can easily be seen as also being required to get to 100 years of age. His book comes in hard copy as well as audio. In order to live to 100 or any great age a person has to avoid chronic, lifestyle caused diseases. We need to eat a diet that guarantees optimal health, we have to use movement to guarantee optimal health and we have to reach a stress free state of mind to reach optimal health. This sounds like a very difficult task but studies have shown that many people have done just this, populations of people from different geographical backgrounds have consistently lived healthy lives and reached 100 years plus, and the formula they have used is always the same. These people work hard (movement), eat a sparse but healthy diet and live for their families and communities, none of them enjoy wealth. Their wealth comes in the form of great health, contentment and happiness.
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