Sat
Sep 2 2017
09:49 am

After my first trip to Japan a friend asked me what I saw? The main thing I noticed was the lack of fat people and that the old folks were really active and healthy. They live an average of 7 years longer than we Americans do and then tend to decline for 6 months and pass on. It shouldn't take a study to prove that a healthy lifestyle improves your old age but now we have one. It may not get much play on the corporate media because living healthy does not make money for the healthcare industry.

...Greater distances walked and better-quality diet were associated with a relative compression of the disabled period. Obesity was associated with a relative expansion of the disabled period. Smoking was associated with a shorter life and fewer years of able life.

"We discovered that by improving lifestyle, we can postpone death, but even more so, we can postpone disability -- in fact, it turns out that we're compressing that disabled end-of-life period to a shorter timeframe," said Dr. Anne Newman, senior author of the study. "This clearly demonstrates the value of investing in a healthy lifestyle."

I have to go for a long hike now, because I can't give up bacon.

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