Who wants to live longer? Who wants a higher quality of life – one without illness or disease? Some people apparently believe those two things are mutually exclusive. Their thinking goes something like this: The longer we live, the more likely we are to get a chronic disease. So why live longer if you’re just going to be sick anyway?
For an in-depth, scientific read on this topic, I recommend the book “Lifespan’’ by David Sinclair.
In my discussions after hernia surgery, I have learned that many people continue to believe that your destiny is in your genes. But that’s not true. We can do so much to influence not only our longevity, but also the quality of the years we live. Sinclair calls the number of healthy years we live without disease or illness our healthspan.
Here is the independent reality: Health is cumulative. It is the result of behaviors we do consistently to build a reserve of resources to respond to the inevitable bacteria, viruses and mutations that bombard our bodies.
‘The Great Eight’ Behaviors for Health and Longevity
The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a study looking at almost a million veterans and how their cumulative healthy habits affect longevity and quality of life – their healthspan. The study’s findings indicate that, depending on when you start engaging in eight key behaviors, you can extend the longevity and quality of your life by up to 24 years!
What Are You Doing for Your Healthspan?
My biggest areas of strength:
My biggest area of challenge:
We know that when our personal reality does not align with independent reality, dis-ease and disease follow.
In what areas are you strongest? What is your biggest area of challenge?
I’d love to hear your questions and comments. If you would like to discuss this topic further, just drop me a note.