- A huge segment of America's population — the Baby Boom generation — is aging and will live longer than any American generation in history.
- The story we read about in the news? Their drain on social services like Social Security and Medicare.
- But increased longevity is a cause for celebration, says Ashton Applewhite, not doom and gloom.
Vitamins do work — when eaten in whole foods, not pills.
- A new study at Tufts University discovered that a variety of supplements do not extend life and can even be dangerous.
- High doses of vitamin D and calcium were linked to higher rates of cancer and all-cause mortality.
- Benefits of the vitamins and nutrients were discovered in eating whole foods, not taken in pill or powder form.
Two maps show two very different takes on the huge discrepancies in U.S. life expectancy
- These maps show strong links between location and life expectancy.
- Hawaiians live longest, Mississippians die earliest.
- County-level ranking shows short-life hotspots in Kentucky, long-life ones in Colorado.
We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
100 years ago, you could expect to live to 54. Our luxurious, 80-year-long lives come at a cost.
- Medical advances have increased our longevity by decades, says Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. That benefit comes with an unintended disadvantage – high costs.
- Bringing the overall cost of health care down is near impossible, as an increased life expectancy brings new diseases and procedures with it.
- Reducing the out-of-pocket cost is a separate issue, however. It is possible and necessary to lower costs so they don't become a barrier to people seeking care.
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