It's been suggested that people who die before the age of 85, probably died because of problems caused by their lifestyle. Perhaps they were just unlucky, but the unlucky are very small in number.
After 85, many people continue to live in good health for many years. That's what we all want to do. We don't expect to live forever, but none of us want to ill for 20 years before our death. That happens too often.
You need to be with other people on a regular basis.
Many of our eating behaviors are socially mandated.
Drinking saturated tea or coffee, is always something you can do. (Add a spoonful of butter.)
If others are eating, are salads, meat, quiche, or nuts available?
Freedom from Chronic Illness
Typically, people who are 75 suffer from five or more "illnesses." That probably means almost all of them have metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a set of six "diseases" that can all be corrected by dietary change.
It's not normal to suffer from pain, although that is a very common experience.
Sleep is the opportunity you body takes each day to do extensive repairs and maintenance. You should sleep soundly, sleep long, and you should wake up wide eyed, clear headed, and refreshed.
Taking None or Very Few Medications
Taking multiple medications is bad for you. Nobody knows how the different medicines affect each other. The best medicine is good food, and the best time to eat it was 20 years, before "lifestyle" health problems occurred. That's not possible, but it remains possible to change your diet today.
Your weight should not be very different as an older person than it was when you were a young adult. Our experience of weight loss diets is bad, so we think it's a problem we can't solve.
We all know that smoking both causes diseases and reduces your lifespan. Don't do it.
Alcohol use is widely accepted and ignored. Alcohol misuse, is also ignored, but it is a great destroyer. Excess use of alcohol destroys marriages, and businesses, and undermines both personal and family health. Don't be a victim of alcohol or drug misuse, your own or someone else's.
The diagnosis of metabolic syndrome could apply to more than 60% of all adults. Metabolic syndrome might be common, but it's not necessary, and it's certainly not going to allow you to age successfully.
Many older people think it's too late to change their diet in a significant way. That is never the case. In less than a month significant benefits will flow from a better QUALITY diet. And over the next year the degree of improvement will continue, not only weight loss, but more energy, better sleep, and much less inflammation in the body. For people with metabolic syndrome the benefits are even greater, you can expect to remove all symptoms in less than a year.
Fitness for Work and Play
You should have energy to the ordinary things of life.
You should be able to walk long distances, and go up and down hills with ease.
You should be able to walk briskly. Can you stand upon one leg while putting a sock on the other?
When your walk slows, and especially when you begin to shuffle, your health is seriously impaired.