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Paleo Life Expectancy (Today)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 15, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Hey all --

I'm curious to know if there have been any studies that show a greater life expectancy for those eating paleo today. Anyone find anything?

Google searches on the subject reveal speculation about how long our ancestors lived and I'm less interested in that (feels too speculative to me) and more interested in seeing, everything else considered, if there is data to show that today we'll live longer if we eat paleo.

If no one has done a study on this (and I'm guessing that this will be the case), does anyone know of any study based on the most-similar-diet (whichever it may be)? For example, it seems to me that the most important, biggest-bang-for-your-buck paleo life changers is removing flour and processed foods -- so maybe there is a study about the life expectancy of people following a non-flower or non-processed-foods diet? (Which isn't quite paleo but is approaching our universe and more likely to have been studied.) For example.

Any thoughts? Thanks!!!!

morgan

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:14 PM

It could have been pulled from the air but my guess is that he looked at the diseases caused by each and removed the early deaths from those then looked at the new average.

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on November 16, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I entirely agree - years of good quality life are what matter and paleo looks like the way to go. But I'd like to respectfully point out, in the 1920s, didn't the majority of people in the UK die in their 60s or 70s? The average (i.e. mean) life expectancy was 45 in large part because of high infant mortality, much of which was caused by infectious disease.

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on November 16, 2011
at 05:47 AM

Morgan Spurlock??

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on November 16, 2011
at 12:26 AM

definitely was speculation

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on November 16, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Interesting. Did he cite any studies or was he speculating?

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Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 15, 2011
at 11:44 PM

I think that at this point we can say that the diet helps eliminate many of the reasons that people are dying early. I don't think that there are any studies that go beyond that, but that's pretty powerful.

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on November 16, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Robb Wolf referenced Cordain in his most recent podcast. He mentions that if we eliminate gluten from the SAD we would increase life expectancy from 75 to 85. Going Paleo increases it from 85 to 95.

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on November 16, 2011
at 12:26 AM

definitely was speculation

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 16, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Interesting. Did he cite any studies or was he speculating?

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on November 16, 2011
at 03:14 PM

It could have been pulled from the air but my guess is that he looked at the diseases caused by each and removed the early deaths from those then looked at the new average.

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on November 16, 2011
at 12:28 AM

What's more important is that we raise the actual life expectancy.

Life means liveness. Asking me to stay in bed for the rest of my life taking medicines? I'd rather die.

I want excitement. I want to look sexy. I want awesome sex. I want high quality life. I want to feel powerful. And many paleo eaters seem to feel that way. Then, guess what? Even if it lowers my life expectancy, I'd accept that. And it doesn't.

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on November 16, 2011
at 08:32 AM

Life expectancy has increased dramatically in the last decades. When the Old Age Pension was introduced here in the UK, 1920's. average life expectancy was about 45 years. Now it is around 80.

But it so often seems to be at a cost of years of medication and struggle rather than vibrant health. I think it more likely that long term paleo will see the average person reaching the same general life expectancy as now, but being fit, mobile and able to really enjoy life until almost the end of life.

At least - that is what I hope! I know so many elderly who's lives are trips to the doctor, the hospital, journeys out on a mobility scooter, years with a stair lift etc etc. ~If I can get to 80 or so without all of that, I shall feel that paleo / primal has done me a huge favour.

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on November 16, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I entirely agree - years of good quality life are what matter and paleo looks like the way to go. But I'd like to respectfully point out, in the 1920s, didn't the majority of people in the UK die in their 60s or 70s? The average (i.e. mean) life expectancy was 45 in large part because of high infant mortality, much of which was caused by infectious disease.

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on November 16, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I think it will be a long time before any longevity studies are done as this is a relatively new diet in the modern world. There are some anecdotes to look at though. Check out Art de Vany, Owsley Stanley, and... drum roll... the oldest person in the world!

Regardless of lifespan, I think it's a fair bet that the quality of life in old age will be much better on a Paleo Diet, not the slow decline into chronic disease and disability common with SAD.

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