April 2002 Issue

Lifestyle, Not Genes, Offers Best Hope Of Living Healthier, Longer

Would you want to live to 85, 90 or maybe even 101 if you could? For most people the answer is a qualified yes—yes, provided you could dodge the disabilities and dependency caused by the typical ailments of aging, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Aging is, of course, inevitable. But some people seem to bypass the physical declines that come with age and live in good health long past the average life expectancy of

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