From the Fall 2011 StayHealthy publication
There’s no magic cure or fountain-of- youth elixir to living to a ripe old age. According to medical research, making small, healthy changes today can lead to a healthier life tomorrow.
It’s Official: The United States has more centenarians – people who live beyond 100 years – than any other country of the world, according to the U.S. Census. In fact, today nearly 800,000 Americans are 100 or older. Where the average life expectancy was 54 years in 1915, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists the life expectancy for Americans at nearly 78. “We have made huge advances in healthcare and public safety, giving people confidence of living to a ripe old age,” said Candice Yu-Fleming, MD, a family medicine physician with Portage Medical Group.
That’s the good news. Yet, the reality is that chronic health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease are also on the rise, not only due to population growth and aging, but also due to the increasing prevalence of obesity and inactivity, according to the World Health Organization.
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