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Old 07-03-2014, 05:50 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Back in the day, 50 s, 60s, etc? smoking and drinking excessively
were not frowned upon.
Fast forward to now and these previous bad acts have affected our lives.
I smoked, but it hasn't caught up to me yet.
I have three relatives with emphysema.

Is your retirement impacted by bad decisions?
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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hahahahahaha you've got to be kidding ~
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:31 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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You reap what you sow . . . SOMETIMES.

However, folks end up with all sorts of diseases, including cancer, that has no direct tie to lifestyle.

Some things are genetics . . . some things are anomalies. Who knows?

I had a dear friend (died at 72) who had lived one of the most healthy lifestyles I have ever witnessed. Rarely had a cocktail; drank wine on occasion; never smoked; kept her weight under control; walked daily and exercised regularly - from bike riding to aerobics classes throughout her life . . . was an excellent chef and cooked healthy, nutritious meals daily for her family (rarely ate out) . . . yet she died of metastasized colon cancer. No chronic illnesses or problems other than arthritis.

She was the picture of health even after her diagnosis. She "looked" perfectly healthy til only weeks before her death.

And then I have known folks who were overweight smokers and lived into their 80s.

And I have had two friends die of cancer in their late 30s (breast cancer and kidney cancer). I had a friend die of a massive heart attack at 42 - no previous history of heart disease (turns out he had a congenital problem that had never been diagnosed - and he had played college football, not overweight, didn't smoke, etc).

One's demise is not always connected to lifestyle.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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My mother is 91. She says if she had known she was going to live so long, she'd have taken better care of herself.

But seriously, she smoked and drank for years, and she has never been one to exercise. My dad, who neither smoked nor drank and was very athletic, died at age 68 of congestive heart failure.

I confess to not having the answer to this conundrum.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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. . . yet she died of metastasized colon cancer. No chronic illnesses or problems other than arthritis.

She was the picture of health even after her diagnosis. She "looked" perfectly healthy til only weeks before her death.
Get those colonoscopies people! Colon cancer is often "invisible" until it's too late to do anything about it. The prep is the worst part, but it really only takes half a day (a really icky half a day), but if it saves your life it is so worth it. It's painless and you are completely unconscious so you won't even feel it.
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Get those colonoscopies people! Colon cancer is often "invisible" until it's too late to do anything about it. The prep is the worst part, but it really only takes half a day (a really icky half a day), but if it saves your life it is so worth it. It's painless and you are completely unconscious so you won't even feel it.
I have had four or five colonoscopies, all without any sedation whatsoever - no IV was even started. They are not painful. Routine sedation for colonoscopies is a waste of time, unless one is a female who has had children. Some offices that do colonoscopies like to sedate everybody just in case you are the exception (other than women who have had children, for whom routine sedation is justified) who will experience unusual discomfort. Not having sedation allows one to drive oneself home, which is a great convenience. It also allows one to watch the monitor along with the gastroenterologist, which is very interesting.
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:33 AM
 
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I have had four or five colonoscopies, all without any sedation whatsoever - no IV was even started. They are not painful. Routine sedation for colonoscopies is a waste of time, unless one is a female who has had children. Some offices that do colonoscopies like to sedate everybody just in case you are the exception (other than women who have had children, for whom routine sedation is justified) who will experience unusual discomfort. Not having sedation allows one to drive oneself home, which is a great convenience. It also allows one to watch the monitor along with the gastroenterologist, which is very interesting.
I agree but can you also have an endoscopy w/0 sedation of any kind? I can. (bragging rights here or what?)

And yes, as we age it's important to have ourselves medically checked out as recommended because then we can take responsibility for ourselves to change whatever behavior is adversely affecting us and improve our quality of life.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:55 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I agree but can you also have an endoscopy w/0 sedation of any kind? I can. (bragging rights here or what?)

And yes, as we age it's important to have ourselves medically checked out as recommended because then we can take responsibility for ourselves to change whatever behavior is adversely affecting us and improve our quality of life.
I've had two colonoscopies fie years apart,, one with and one without sedation. The latter one just last year. One small polyp totally benign. Earlier this year I had an endoscopy with nothing but a minor numbing agent. Piece of cake.

I smoked for years but quit yet unfortunately, I inherited the emphysema gene (thanks Dad). Up until I was hit with the spinal cord issue in 2012 I could walk for miles at a good clip without a problem. Now, between leg and lung function deterioration (thank you nerves), problem.

As I've mentioned before, on average men in my family assume room temperature at age 71, just like my father and his father. A year and a half ago I was sure I'd break the mold. Now, not so much. Three years and counting. But I'm, not counting myself out yet by any means.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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As I've mentioned before, on average men in my family assume room temperature at age 71, just like my father and his father. A year and a half ago I was sure I'd break the mold. Now, not so much. Three years and counting. But I'm, not counting myself out yet by any means.
We can't get along here without a resident Curmudgeon, so you'd better plan on sticking around another few decades. (I'm out by 85.)
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:02 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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We can't get along here without a resident Curmudgeon, so you'd better plan on sticking around another few decades. (I'm out by 85.)
Workin' on it. But 83 max. Two more and I run a 50% chance of not knowing why, or caring!
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