November 04, 2023 2 min read
1. If people live longer does a good life await?
While you are walking, biking, running, or swimming, or doing all these things, consider this:
"Successive governments and businesses are failing to plan for demographic change. We are not prepared for the aged to live to 100, let alone 120. Short-term reactive policymaking has contributed to workforce shortages, economic stagnation and a health and care system failing to meet our changing needs."
David Sinclair wrote this in response to a series in The Economist on longevity.
I don't agree much with this guy because he says "ageing is a disease."
But he has a point about how our efforts to have a longer, fuller life because of our fitness are being jeopardized by poor planning...our own and society's.
Those $7 lattes and eating lunch four days a week at Chick-fil-a add up over years, in cost and health.
But even more ruinous is people over 50 being pushed out of the workforce to make way for cheaper employees. Wall Street has a firm grip and it consolidates to try and keep growing companies artificially. You say this is the way of the world, but when businesses get tax break after tax break and subsidies how is that letting the market operate freely?
Writes Sinclair, "Future generations may not only be bored—not least if they continue to be pushed out of the employment market soon after they hit 50—they are also likely to spend longer living in poverty and with ill health. Innovations in biotech are one thing, but finding solutions to the financial, health, housing, transport and leisure needs of our ageing society is the challenge we must address first."
2. As if you didn't know.
Thomas Pearls, a researcher who studies people who live to be a healthy 100, said these are the 5 most important factors to leading a full life. He doesn't mention genes, but these are things we can control.
3. Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise
According to the Center for Disease Control more than 37 million Americans have diabetes, which is 1 in 10. Approximately 90-95 percent have type 2 diabetes.
So, I saw this in The Journal of Applied Physiology when it comes to exercise:
“If you're a person with type 2 diabetes, and you had the choice to exercise in the morning or the afternoon, the afternoon might give me the extra boost of helping me keep my blood sugar lower during the evening, which ultimately would be, in the long run, better for my health."
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