The average life expectancy for an American male is 76 years; women tend to live longer. It may surprise you to learn that there are more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years of age in the U.S..

In order to lead a long and healthy life, we should:

  1. Maintain physical activity throughout life, regular exercise of 30 minutes, 5 days of the week, is recommended.
  2. Exercise the mind as well as the body. Maintain social and intellectual connections.
  3. Diet is important. Limit saturated fats. Diets rich in omega-3 fish oils are recommended. Maximize intake of fish, fruits, and vegetables. Minimize meat intake.
  4. Do not smoke. Cigarette smoke damages our DNA. It is the leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. It is responsible for cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, as well as bladder and pancreas.

We cannot depend only upon our genes, exercise, and diet for a long and healthy life. We must avoid bad choices.

Monthly article provided by Dr. David H. Stern, Stern Geriatrics.