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Will you still need me, will you still feed me (paleo), when I'm 64?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 17, 2011 at 7:43 PM

One of the reasons I went to Paleo was to be happier, healthier, and YES, more durable.

The kind of durable that has been on my mind recently has been related to Aging Well.

I'm starting to realize that I will have to plan better for my later years, because barring accidental death, I'm going to have many years before I start to fade and then eventually die.

Now that you have so radically changed your health, Have you changed any of your planning for the future and maybe even your later years? ?

I'm still wrapping my head around the fact that I have probably added 30-50 active years to the end of my lifespan... What could we do with all those 'extra' years?

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Ah, good point, I missed the "active years" part!

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on November 18, 2011
at 12:45 AM

And Adam said 30-50 *active* years. Still a lot though.

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:28 PM

May I just say, you are awesome!

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on November 17, 2011
at 08:03 PM

For my family, if they were too fat ( as I was till recently) that was a chance to die early... If they were not, they went on and on and on.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on November 17, 2011
at 08:00 PM

I should also specify that many of my blood relatives age decently, if not well...8)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on November 17, 2011
at 07:59 PM

Wow, 30-50 extra years?? That's a lot! Most of my family lasts until their 80s or more. Even with Paleo, I feel I'm being optimistic with making it to 100.

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on November 17, 2011
at 08:04 PM

The doctors gave up on me about 10 years ago, and told my beloved that I only had about 2 years left (I was born with a congenital autoimmune dysfunction), so make sure I was comfortable. I've since outlived their expectations by 8 years, put most of my illnesses into remission, and have dropped a slew of weight. I'm shooting for a starting point to consider "permanent corporeal retirement" of 106 -- I'll decide then whether or not I'm bored enough to kick the bucket, but I have so many novels still to write that I doubt I'll be done yet. LOL

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:28 PM

May I just say, you are awesome!

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on November 17, 2011
at 07:51 PM

Yes, I have thought about it as I'm 64. Some of my questions are, is it too late to make any real difference even though my overall health now seems so good? Or, have I gone to a higher chance of being around quite a while? Do I now have to worry about out-living my kid, which I never even considered as a possibility? (He's at the opposite end of the diet spectrum and is much less healthy than I even though he's only 40.)

These are important questions for me because my grandkid (17) lives with me and goes white every time I kiddingly mention kicking the bucket--he needs me to stick around yet I think he needs to be aware I'm not young.

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on November 17, 2011
at 08:16 PM

My grandmother with diabetes lived until she was 88, so I figure I'm good 'til 108 or more...

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on November 18, 2011
at 12:53 AM

My mother-in-law has T2 diabetes and is 89. She went through a bad patch a while ago caused by a chest infection, but she's alert and has all her marbles and doing much better now. I think genetics has a lot to do with aging and many in my family have died young, so although I think I'm extending my healthy years with paleo, I'm not overly optimistic about how long I'll last! I keep telling myself - the important thing is to live now.

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