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Why Do We Live Longer Now Than We Did 100 Years Ago
See below: There is a concept called compression of mortality. In early 1900's people died at early age from infectious diseases until 1940's when penicillin discovered and developed resulting less death. The overall death from the cardiovascular disease began to reduce in 1970's with help of medications and better treatments. More medication/prevention of care helped to reduce overall death in 1990's. ...Read more
Yes: Based upon life expectancy, which has increased dramatically in past century, yes, we're healthier now than before. However, if you look at life expectancy over last several years, it appears we may have peaked, most likely due to obesity, such that this is 1st time we noted decrease in statistics compared to prior analyses. ...Read more
Not really: Healthy has many definitions. Living longer, living better for example. People lived to the same life span hundreds of years ago than today. More people now reach 100 than ever before because of advances in successfully battling infectious disease. Really not any other advance accounts for this rise in elderly reaching "golden pond". ...Read more
Yes: In general, we're healthier today than those who lived 100yrs ago, especially if you consider life expectancy http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/publication/global-health-and-aging/living-longer. Back at the turn of the century, most did not live to 50 yet now in some countries, we routinely live past 80 thanks to cleaner environment eg water, more abundant food, better medical care, etc. ...Read more
Better diet: Despite everything that you've heard about "ruining the environment", "poisons in our food", "being removed from nature" -- we are far healthier and better nourished than we ever have been in the past. We've got much less burden of infectious disease, vitamin D deficiency, and anemia that stunted our growth. Be grateful. ...Read more
Not common: The average life expectancy in developed countries like usa is approximately 76-78 years old for females and about 72 ( 6 years less) for males. In my practice the maximum I have had above100 y/o was three patients. I do not have the data but i believe it is still rare to reach that age. More and more we have patients in the 80's and 90's. ...Read more
I've been grinding walls in an 100 year-old house and i feel terrible last time i felt this way it was from the fixadent recall 6 years ago?
Please clarify: You did not include anything on which to give you an answer. The word "terrible' is not in any way descriptive nor are you including any symptoms on which we can comment. ...Read more
Agree w Dr. Kanter: Consider the current Ebola epidemic. Most past outbreaks start in rural areas on edge of jungles where there are huntsmen. They are usually contained within a limited area. However, between motor vehicle and air transport, infectious diseases can be carried across countries or continents or to new continents with relative ease. This means that epidemics can become pandemics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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