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Old 09-18-2011, 05:55 PM
 
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My younger brother died on Monday, Sept. 12th, 2011 of a heart attack. He just fell to the ground, gone. He was 51 also. It is very sad to lose someone so young.

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Old 09-18-2011, 06:16 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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My younger brother died on Monday, Sept. 12th, 2011 of a heart attack. He just fell to the ground, gone. He was 51 also. It is very sad to lose someone so young.
My sincere condolences...it is hard when they are so young. I lost my first wife at 46. Blam. Stroke followed by a heart attack while recovering. Teaches us all to value our time.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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My best friend died of Cancer at age 56. She always ate healthy, rode her bike, hiked and neither smoked nor drank. She was the poster child for healthy living. But Cancer ran in her family. Her mother and brother died of this disease. She had hoped that by living healthy she would be able to avoid getting sick but it was not meant to be.

Sometimes things happen and although we may try, we just cannot change them.
These sorts of things are terriblly sad. Some cancers are influenced more by life style factors than others. It could be that your friend delayed the onset of her cancer by the way she lived, although that is really unknowable. In any case, living as she did almost certainly enhanced the quality of her life (her energy, vitality, enjoyment, etc.) before her diagnosis, so her lifestyle was truly "worth it" despite her tragically short life.

As a sidelight about the drinking, alcohol consumption in moderate quantities confers extra longevity vis vis non-drinkers, but the sweet spot is pretty small: two drinks a day for men and one for women. More than that works the other way, towards bad health.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:15 PM
 
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My younger brother died on Monday, Sept. 12th, 2011 of a heart attack. He just fell to the ground, gone. He was 51 also. It is very sad to lose someone so young.
So sorry for your lost, I hope your heart heals soon.

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All but one of my siblings died from health related issues, before age 50 and for some reason I'm still kicking. I was at the beach, (Lido Beach FL) watching the most beautiful sunset thinking I could die right now and be the happiest person around. If only I could remember where I put my camera, the setting sun was the brightest red-organge I've ever seen and I would have liked to take a snap shot.


I have known a few people, in the OP's mentioned age group, over the years, non-related as well, to drop suddenly, some even in their sleep. While sleeping would be ideal. I mean, when you're asleep, how much can you worry about what you'll not get to do or miss. At my ripe 50+ years, what will be will be, I'm thankful for those prefect moments at the beach. With my family history and present health issues, I'm not expecting to get out of my 50's alive and I'm fine with that. I've already chosen my place to have a, hopefully, happy end Florida and future burial by the sea, by the beatiful sea

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Old 09-18-2011, 07:27 PM
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My younger brother died on Monday, Sept. 12th, 2011 of a heart attack. He just fell to the ground, gone. He was 51 also. It is very sad to lose someone so young.
I'm so sorry. It certainly is!
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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These sorts of things are terriblly sad. Some cancers are influenced more by life style factors than others. It could be that your friend delayed the onset of her cancer by the way she lived, although that is really unknowable. In any case, living as she did almost certainly enhanced the quality of her life (her energy, vitality, enjoyment, etc.) before her diagnosis, so her lifestyle was truly "worth it" despite her tragically short life.

As a sidelight about the drinking, alcohol consumption in moderate quantities confers extra longevity vis vis non-drinkers, but the sweet spot is pretty small: two drinks a day for men and one for women. More than that works the other way, towards bad health.
Thank you for saying that. It's what I like to think and I am certain it is true.

Before the Cancer, she never even got so much as a cold. So up until she got it she led a happy, healthy life. The Cancer took her very quickly.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:27 PM
 
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My theory is that in your 50s you may well be at the top of your career pattern and are striving hard to stay competitive and employed with all the added stresses that can entail. You may very well be putting children through college and might have lost equity in your home and thousands from your 401(k). Age discrimination in corporate is legion and there are plenty of entitlement-prone 20-somethings who believe that in two or three years, they should be where it took you 30 to achieve. New technologies come easy to them since they were raised with them and the "speedup" trend of doing a lot more with a lot less adds to the stress as well. There is little, if any, corporate loyalty toward employees any longer as everything is the "bottom line" and that's all that counts with them. Careers are no longer valued and job security is something you'll soon only ready about in history and sociology text books. It's a "brave new world" Older employees may go on overload.
I think the real culprit is the so-called American diet. Americans eat the most unnatural, unhealthy, non-foods on the planet.

It doesn't help that we get little exercise and that the car-centric suburban sprawl that passes for urban planning encourages people to drive everywhere instead of walk or ride bikes.

This article from LiveScience says that:

93% of diabetes is completely preventable
81% of heart disease is completely preventable
36% of cancer is completely preventable.

These are the 3 big diseases that shorten life and are also driving up health care costs, especially heart disease.

Key to Affordable Health Care Revealed | LiveScience

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Old 09-18-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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Those are old stats, but the trend continues. US life expectancy reached a new record of 78.2 in 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available.

That said, we gotta do something about overweight and obesity. The answers to that lie mostly in changing the food culture (or lack thereof). Stopping corn subsidies would be a good start. So would not allowing soda and other junk food purchases with food stamps.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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My younger brother died on Monday, Sept. 12th, 2011 of a heart attack. He just fell to the ground, gone. He was 51 also. It is very sad to lose someone so young.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

One of the ways I have dealt with the loss of a loved one is to memorialize that person on Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records.

Even if the person was cremated, buried at sea, or whatever ... you can write a very short biography of your loved one and post his or her picture. At this site you will zillions of heartfelt memorials to the dearly departed.
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:03 PM
 
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My younger brother died on Monday, Sept. 12th, 2011 of a heart attack. He just fell to the ground, gone. He was 51 also. It is very sad to lose someone so young.
Sorry about that,

Did he have any past medical problems?
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