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Old 11-30-2018, 08:01 AM
 
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I heard this news on the radio yesterday and found the above article on same.

The CDC is attributing the decline in life expecting to the rise in suicides and overdoses particularly in rural areas. While I donít doubt that is true, Iíve also noticed that almost everyone in my generation in less healthy than others in the older generation.

I know that I am less healthy than my mother was at my age (54), in spite of what might seem to be better health habits. I have an exercise routine (she never did). I eat better (more fresh fruits and veggies for lunch, less spaghettios). I am slimmer and generally more in shape (she definitely had a belly) and yet here am I with not one but three pre-existing conditions (as they say) while she had none (and still has none at 83). The same goes for my sister ... and for my husband. His father was fine at least until after he retired, but my husband was diagnosed with Crohnís disease about 10 years ago. His sister has struggled with leukemia. We will be celebrating their motherís (my MILís) ninetieth birthday this coming a January. Her only complaints are high blood pressure and aches and pains.

I have discussed this with my friends who see a similar pattern. My closest friend is super careful about her health and yet she has had all kinds of medical issues, including breast cancer. Her mother died at 98 with few health problems until she got Alheimerís in her early nineties.

Has anyone else noticed something similar? Are you less healthy than your parents in spite of ostensibly better health habits?
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Put all dorts of chemicals and crap in the food, water, and air and then wonder why people suddenly have mysterious ailments.
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Put all dorts of chemicals and crap in the food, water, and air and then wonder why people suddenly have mysterious ailments.
It's not a mystery and it's certainly not (primarily) due to stuff in the water - the sudden decline is due to drug/opiate use.
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:15 AM
 
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Yes, I’m thinking that, but also more job-related stress and social dislocation, although “stress” is such an amorphic boogeyman, it sometimes feels pointless to bring it up.
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:17 AM
 
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It's not a mystery and it's certainly not (primarily) due to stuff in the water - the sudden decline is due to drug/opiate use.
Yes, thatís what they said in the article. But Iím also wondering if that just scratches the surface of a larger, social problem. For example, one could develop a pain syndrome due to overwork (or stress about unemployment), then get prescription pain killers to which one could get addicted.
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Old 11-30-2018, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Alexander Archipelago
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Has anyone else noticed something similar? Are you less healthy than your parents in spite of ostensibly better health habits?
My mother is more healthy than her daughters at the same age. I think it's because she's always been more active then they have.

My father's respiratory health was compromised by injuries and life style, so he wasn't.

I will say with hesitancy that I'm healthier than either parent, granted that they've both outlived me to date.

Their generation had an advantage growing up because conditions back then pretty much insured that they'd eat real food, from more nutritious soil, and get exercise on a regular basis.
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Old 11-30-2018, 05:20 PM
 
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Your link didn't work for me.

I read an article that attributed the decline to the age range of 25-44 to suicides/drug overdoses.
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Old 11-30-2018, 05:49 PM
 
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I read an article that attributed the decline to the age range of 25-44 to suicides/drug overdoses.
Obviously if people would stop overdosing and committing suicide before they turn 80, the life expectancy might actually go up!
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Well there are certainly more deaths by selfies!

On a serious note we tend to eat a lot more processed food and sit around more than past generations did. We were designed to walk about 8-9 miles per day and eat more of a paleo diet. And then our stress level from trying to "have it all" (i.e. career, children, etc.)
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:30 PM
 
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My family in general are very active with healthy diets and no bad habits.

Both of my parents had cancer, and I inherited a different cancer-disposing mutation from each of them. As a result, I developed cancer at a much younger age than they did. I don't know if you can say I am less healthy though. I have no known adverse conditions right now.

My mom developed Lewy Body Dementia in her early 60s and died eight years later.

My dad survived colon cancer and prostate cancer and is still alive and pretty healthy at 94.

My sister died early this year of ALS, at age 67.

My oldest brother just turned 71 and is in great shape.

My second brother is 65 and inherited both of the family cancer genes. He's had prostate cancer but is doing fine.

It seems like a total crap shoot.
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