Friday, June 30, 2017

How Long Do You Want To Live?

Last week I was  reading an article about diets.  Not that I am planning to follow one, just curious about what someone said online.  This diet consisted or rice, beans, fruit, vegetables and nuts.  That's it.  And that last item in the diet is what I thought about it.  Nuts.

Protein from beans, fats from nuts and carbs from everything else.  Several articles spoke about how healthy it was to eat this way.  Yeah, whatever.  To each his own.  (Here is a webmd article)

Then I found an article about of couple who want to live to be 140.  This is the diet they are following.  They do not even drink tap water.  And I asked myself if I wanted to live to be 140.

Well, I do not think so.  How long would you have to work?  Would you have enough money to live that long?  It's likely you would have little or no family still around.  I would be 140 and Charlie would be 73.  That is just weird.  

And then yesterday, on the way home from the grocery store I heard a report that said we could live to 150.  Imagine, if you were born in 1860 before the start of the Civil War, you would have lived through it, the Spanish-American War, two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars.  geez.  A little too much don't you think?

My mother was orphaned at the age of eight.  She was raised by an older sibling.  She always said she just wanted to live long enough to see her children grown and on their own.  She died at the age of 69.  So, I ask you: Realistically, how long do you want to live?  And have you planned well to be able to afford it?

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  1. I think maybe I'd like to live to be 95. I don't know why ... it is just the number that popped into my head. I feel like there are lots of things left to do in my life and it may take until then to accomplish. I recently changed my diet in a big way and believe it will help me at least to get part way to 95. For the last 60 days, my menu has consisted mostly of salad, beans, rice, fruit, cottage cheese, eggs, shredded wheat, and grits. I've noticed in that my activities in the last 60 days have not revolved around food. Food is no longer the event. Mostly, I wish to prevent developing diabetes and be able to live without feeling sluggish all the time.

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    1. Your diet is not as restrictive as those I saw online. You have dairy and more than just rice for energy. My mother's diabetes led to her death, so I am conscious of watching my weight.

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    2. Yes, you are so right about that. I have plenty of variety. Diabetes is no joke. So many people have it or are on the cusp of getting it. My doctor told me more than once that I was borderline. I can hardly wait to go back in and see what my numbers are in 4 or 5 months.

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  2. Nuts are considered a healthy food. However, they lead to weight gain, so one should be very careful about it.

    I think people would like to live as long as possible; nobody likes the alternative. Of course, it's not entirely in our hands. Around age 70, two dangers arise: one's functionality might deteriorate, and children now aged 40-50 might also display some chronic illnesses (the greatest tragedy of all being when a parent is predeceased by his child).

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    1. I lost a step-child at the age of 17. That was hard on everyone. I love nuts, but I know what you mean about the weight gain. Lots of fat calories even if they are healthy fats.

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  3. Well, I'm old, but I'd like another 10-12 years, as long as I can remain relatively healthy. The idea of living to 140-150 is horrible.

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    1. The couple who are on the 140 diet say that the diet will eliminate health problems. Guess genes have nothing to do with it.

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  4. This is a tricky question because I wouldn't mind to live that long provided my mind and body were in ok shape. If I was laying in a wheelchair dribbling, wearing depends and have some youngin clean my butt while i wonder where I am...if I am even wondering that, then no. I see this when I visit my mom. My mom's roommate just passed away last month at 105 but her last 5 years she spent in a bed making sounds like Linda Blair from the exorcist. That is not a life. As for eating only food a raccoon may eat...that is plainly stupid. I have seen some of these people who live on that type of diet and they never look well to me. They look corpse like. I am a bear...an Omnivore so give me fruit, veggies, dairy, meat, fish and some nuts. It's funny, my brother's friend was a health nut who did not eat meat and lived on the diet you mentioned...he died of a heart attack at 50. There is another person I know who also did all the "right" things...died 2 weeks ago at 52. The list goes on and yes, genetics was a factor in their deaths (heart). Enjoy life, eat well but in moderation, exercise if you can..in moderation. breathe in the day and stop and look at the pretty flowers

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    1. Well said. I have also known health addicts who died at an early age.

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    2. Exactly. My best friend from high school was the healthiest person I ever knew and she died in her 40's.

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  5. To whatever age where I still have a good quality of life (or at least a decent quality of life). I type reports where people in their 50s are in nursing homes already and other reports where people are on over 20 medications a day.

    betty

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    1. Quality of life is what is important, not whether you are still breathing IMO.

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  6. I missed this blog Denise, sorry. I don't know how long I would like to live, but I do know a doc told me I would have to have dialysis when I was 116, so... He was joking at the time, but it is something that could happen to me if I lived a long time. Matt and I have already outlived our parents by several years but as long as we can eat well, go bowling and generally manage our lives fairly comfortably we are OK. I agree with a lot of what Birgit wrote.

    As for diabetes, I have had diabetes for years and never found it a big problem. I am no longer on meds for it and manage the disease by controlled eating (no not dieting) in fact I eat what I want, in moderation.

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    1. We just never know do we? I've known many folks way younger than I am now who just died unexpectedly. I already had a kidney shut down and if I hadn't kept insisting to the doctor that something was terribly wrong - lab tests were normal - who knows if I would be writing this now.

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  7. I'd rather a short and funfilled life than a long one spent eating beans and drinking water! Cheers!

    Click to visit Keith's Ramblings

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  8. My mom and dad both died in their early 70's. Dad of a heart attack and mom,by her own hand. I want to make it past their ages and then some. But I want to be healthy and die in my sleep when its time. I'm not afraid to die, at all - I just don't want any pain.

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    1. I opened the paper this morning to read that the 27 yo daughter of an old friend was murdered. We just never know.

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