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Old 12-30-2015, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Well, this is a depressing topic as I recently turned 49

I've never been overweight, have done cardio and weight training regularly since age 20, and my recent physical showed near perfect bloodwork. I asked for an EKG since heart trouble runs in my family, and that came back excellent. I feel the same at 49 as I did at 25, so I don't anticipate death in my 50s.
It sounds like you don't mind going to the doctor for exams, I'm always amazed at how many people refuse to go unless it's an emergency. I know people right now who are over 60 and have never had a colonoscopy, these are usually the same ones who get all bent out of shape over the suggestion of a flu shot.
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:22 AM
 
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Default People all around me dropping dead in their 50s

I joined this forum just so I could reply to your question. Yes! I have noticed people from my generation in thei r 50s dropping dead at extreme percentages. The way I found your question is that I was googling on that very subject to see if anyone else had noticed the trend. People in their 60s actually surviving better.
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Old 02-13-2016, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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Over the years I've had quite a few friends die in their 50's. My best friende died at 55---just like his father before him. Genetics plays a really big part and when combined with negative behaviors such as smoking, heavy drinking, lack of exercise, early death can become a reality.
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:10 PM
 
Location: USA
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Do what you can, but it's still a gamble, roll of the dice. The young teacher getting smashed (dead) by a floating 200lb manhole cover on the way to work! Go figure.....
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Exeter, NH
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YES -- it's happening, it seems to be limited to the U.S. (Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People : Shots - Health News : NPR), and nobody has a satisfactory answer. It is NOT due to suicide, drug abuse, or the other "despair" causes they're pointing to.

A close family member of mine, age 55, has just been diagnosed with a cancer that will kill him before age 60. While such anecdotes are nothing but stories, I've been noticing it for a while now.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:26 PM
 
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Over the years I've had quite a few friends die in their 50's. My best friende died at 55---just like his father before him. Genetics plays a really big part and when combined with negative behaviors such as smoking, heavy drinking, lack of exercise, early death can become a reality.
environmental pollution is also a significant cause
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:26 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Elanor Mondale and Kara Kennedy both just died at age 51. While I was in my 50s, eight coworkers died, most of heart attacks, and all were in their early to late 50s. I decided that the best guarantee of a long life was to survive your 50s so my 60th birthday was cause for celebration and relief. So far, so good!

Anyone else ever notice this trend which most of us, thus far, have been able to avoid or live beyond. I have my theory as to why the 50s are so "dangerous," other than it being a corporate plot to avoid pension payments. What are yours, if any?
I thought the main bottleneck was the 60's, after everyone's been through significant hormonal changes. But maybe I have it wrong. I've read that if you make it through that mid-life weeding-out process (whichever decade it may be), you're chances of having a long life after that are high. As far as I know, only one friend from way back keeled in his 50's. Everyone else is still going strong, though a couple for them have had to deal with cancer, but they're fine, now.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:30 PM
 
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I know people in their 50s that never go to a doctor, eat tons of junk food, don't care about exercise, etc. This probably worked out fine in their 20s, 30s and 40s, so they continued living that way into their 50s...until a health problem caught up with them.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:34 PM
 
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Eleanor Mondale and Kara Kennedy both just died at age 51. While I was in my 50s, eight coworkers died, most of heart attacks, and all were in their early to late 50s.
Eleanor Mondale died of brain cancer.

Kara Kennedy was anorexic which put a big strain on her heart, and she had a heart attack while exercising. She also had lung cancer 9 years before her death, which was surgically removed.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:48 PM
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Location: Southern California
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It sounds like you don't mind going to the doctor for exams, I'm always amazed at how many people refuse to go unless it's an emergency. I know people right now who are over 60 and have never had a colonoscopy, these are usually the same ones who get all bent out of shape over the suggestion of a flu shot.

Yep that's me never had a colonoscopy, two mammograms in early 50's and NOT a flu shot for about 30 yrs..and just turned 79. WHat's wrong with my picture, true I don't like to run to doctors. If it ain't broke why mess around with whatever.

I live with advancing arthritis and went thru one messy hip replacement 7 yrs that left me with complications that left me with a worse knee and worse ankle.

Otherwise healthy.
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