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Taking everything into account - what is your envisioned life expectancy?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 09, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Living the paleo life will hopefully put my on track for a long healthy life, which got me thinking - taking everything into account... what could that realistically be? Starting with genetics: looking at my grandparents. One grandmother died aged 63 - second heart attack, quite tall, slim to average sized lady, conservative eater. Had HBP from what I am told. Grandfather one. Died age 78 - of a broken heart, this man was fit, healthy, ate lots of his home grown veges and ate grass fed only meats, could sprint around the garden and catch me, he tried warning me of the dangers of sugar and the benefits of garlic. Boy, he wouldn???t ever shut up about sugar and garlic, ???only two lollies (pieces of candy) a day or you will get sugar diabetes??? (wish I had listened to him!)...in his youth was a heavy smoker which caused an acute stomach ulcer which kept him out of WWII, but after that he cleaned his act up. When my Grandma died he went from being a paragon of elderly health to wasting away from a lack of will to live. Dying of a broken heart is truly a real and very sad phenomenon. Granddad two: Died aged 75 - aggressive reoccurring brain tumour, he was a hunter and fisherman and very active until he got ill. His daughter (my aunty) also died of brain tumour as a child. Grandma two still kicking aged 88 and still smoking! has zest for life, is very social, her house is like a railway station of visitors forever coming and going. She and Granddad number one both illustrates well how the mental aspect is very important to longevity. Both my parents still in reasonable health. Both active and neither large.

So Taking everything into account - genetics...brain tumour, popped up twice on one lineage, but I'm banking on paleo reducing my cancer risks. CHD with one grandma. But overall I'd say pretty normal for Caucasian heritage.

High risk activities: Snow sports. MTB, road cycling, so not too bad, low to moderate risk of coming to sticky end. Driving - don't drive all that much and I don???t speed, don???t drink so no drinking and driving. Low to moderate risk there.

Eating archevore diet - definitely should give a big boost.

So.....If I live to 85 or 90 and remain active and in good health then I should feel satisfied. But if with a pinch of fairy dust and I can make 95 -100 and have good quality of life, good eyesight and keep my hearing - then bring in it on.

I asked this question in my little poll recently, one of 5 questions. It seems most are thinking they will get to late 80, early 90's. 17% think they will get a 'ton'

note: this is not so much a goal per se, but what you realistically think, looking at the parameters, the age you will reach.

live long and prosper!

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3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on November 22, 2011
at 04:25 AM

Quilt, don't be greedy. But 125? Come on. Resveratrol may take us to 100, but not 125, for crying out loud.

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 13, 2011
at 05:22 AM

edited... "except for eating a moderate amount of baked bread" rather than "except for eating they do..."

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 13, 2011
at 05:18 AM

The maternal side of my family on the other hand tend to be into fast food for every meal. Both sides tend to have active lifestyles. So I can't seem to use diet as a factor that would allow me to avoid a possible genetic disposition. I'm not saying I will keel over anytime soon but, just answering the question. I hope to live to be much much older, but for me quality always trumps quantity. So if I live to be 65 and have a hell of a good time, then good enough for me :)

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 13, 2011
at 05:11 AM

Sorry if you got the wrong impression Futureboy but the question was "Taking everything into account - what is your envisioned life expectancy?" and to that I answered based on my family history. After review I have to believe that genetics played a larger role than diet (although I could be wrong). For example, the paternal side of my family live on a rustic farm overseas, they raise and butcher their own livestock, and farm most of their food. It's what I would consider pretty healthy (except for eating they do eat a moderate amount of baked bread etc).

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 13, 2011
at 05:09 AM

Sorry if you got the wrong impression Futureboy but the question was "Taking everything into account - what is your envisioned life expectancy?" and to that I answered based on my family history. After review I have to believe that genetics played a larger role than diet (although I could be wrong). For example, the paternal side of my family live on a rustic farm overseas, they raise and butcher their own livestock, and farm most of their food. It's what I would consider fairly healthy. First and foremost, I hope to live to be much much older, but for me quality always trumps quantity.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 11, 2011
at 02:40 AM

I doubt their diets were as great as you think. Genetic determinism died in 1999...... It's all about genetic switches we control.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 11, 2011
at 02:38 AM

I do....I don't define myself by who I know but how I think. And my thoughts might be beneficial to someone 75 years from now

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 10, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Mindset? Im just stating a fact. Taking everything into account, as was posed in the question I believe that 65ish is reasonable. I don't think it's a mindset, but a fact - the women in my family tend to be prone to cancer and fairly early on. I can't say if it's related to diet for sure, but I highly doubt it. The paternal side of my family worked a rustic farm what we'd call organic) and got a lot of physical activity. Whereas my maternal side lived off of white bread, fast food. 60 or 100, it doesnt matter to me. What's important is quality over quantity.

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on September 10, 2011
at 05:35 AM

Thank You Mem!!!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on September 10, 2011
at 05:34 AM

Nice Answer Jeff!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:18 AM

+1 - I think your power, in relation to your health, far outstrips that of any technology that is available now or in the new future.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:16 AM

+1 - It seems to me that you grasp that which you have control over and that which you do not. And that is no different for any of us. Here's to a long and *healthy* life for you.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:14 AM

+1 - Congrats to you for being an entirely new and healthier branch on the family tree. Glad you are an ancestral eater/lifestyler and I think your odds of a longer and far healthier life is quite obviously stellar by comparison to other "branches on the tree."

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:11 AM

+1 - Congrats for the weight loss and ongoing efforts. My hope for you is that you will live a vigorous and most importantly, *healthy* life, however long it may be.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:09 AM

+1 - Good! More power to you and glad you are an ancestral lifestyler or eater, at least. :)

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:08 AM

I hope to live a long and *healthy* life. But, when I really think about it, I do not have a desire to live long after everyone I have known and loved and had history in life with is gone.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:07 AM

+1 - Lovely humor!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:06 AM

+1 - Quality is most certainly where it's at. Living long is good a nd I hope I do. But being very much in the present - in the now- is #1, all the while living and eating in ways that are supportive for a very HEALTHY long life, *if* that comes to pass...

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:04 AM

+1 - Interesting...nice history and thinking...

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:03 AM

+1 - Nice, I'm with you on all counts. Having had experiece living entirely off grid, in my case, is helpful for whatever the future brings.

A82d8cbea04392ebcb1a819bddc4a259

(190)

on September 09, 2011
at 09:01 PM

oh yes, Aubrey De Grey...I have to revisit that ;)

A82d8cbea04392ebcb1a819bddc4a259

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on September 09, 2011
at 08:55 PM

I completely agree here! ~jgirl

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(5639)

on September 09, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Before it does I intend to make as much money as possible on the stock market and through pop culture offerings to fund my disaster plan.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 09, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I think the same thing. Both my biological parents died too young of cancer (49 and 75), and I just hope I can go longer than either of them. Ah well; we do what we can.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Dude when everything goes to hell, hit me up.. I like your thinking.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I am too bur I think my first four decades may have shortened my realistic biologic goal.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:02 PM

I'm up for that. Longer, if possible. There's a lot I want to do, and never enough time to do it in. ;)

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(5639)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:00 PM

eeesh, with a mindset like that you're already doomed.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on September 09, 2011
at 04:53 PM

I stand with you on the apocalypse fears.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 09, 2011
at 04:30 PM

I think I'd run out of RRSP's (retirement money) before then!

Fbfeabf01eb1ee04cca22d44edc1275e

(10)

on September 09, 2011
at 03:53 PM

+1 for 'I am hoping to be shot my a jealous husband at age 93' - priceless !!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 09, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Hahaha...one up for the laugh!

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on September 09, 2011
at 03:18 PM

I think quality of life is much more important than shear number of years lived. By eating a clean paleo diet it allows us to make better use of each day due to lack of blood sugar swings and overall better moods.

A person who lives a good life, contributing to society and to other people's lives will die far happier at any age than a person who lives a selfish life until the age of 150.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:06 AM

+1 - Quality is most certainly where it's at. Living long is good a nd I hope I do. But being very much in the present - in the now- is #1, all the while living and eating in ways that are supportive for a very HEALTHY long life, *if* that comes to pass...

A82d8cbea04392ebcb1a819bddc4a259

(190)

on September 09, 2011
at 08:55 PM

I completely agree here! ~jgirl

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on September 10, 2011
at 05:34 AM

Nice Answer Jeff!

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on September 09, 2011
at 01:29 PM

I come from a long line of of people that have lived well into their 90's. My grandmother lived to see 98 and she had a clear, sharp mind and walked 5 2 miles a day up until a bout a week before she passed, she was born & raised on a farm as was my grandfather who passed at 92. So I am hoping to be shot my a jealous husband at age 93.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 09, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Hahaha...one up for the laugh!

Fbfeabf01eb1ee04cca22d44edc1275e

(10)

on September 09, 2011
at 03:53 PM

+1 for 'I am hoping to be shot my a jealous husband at age 93' - priceless !!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:07 AM

+1 - Lovely humor!

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on September 09, 2011
at 05:00 PM

I intend to live a very long time, and marry my girlfriend, have children with her, and be able to watch their children grow up.

The only problem with this goal, is that I don't hold out much hope for the future of this country/the world, if we continue on our current tack. Global warming is real. The naysayers running for/currently holding public office or wielding power should be ashamed.

Either way, I plan on surviving, if it takes building a self-sufficient outpost somewhere well away from population centers, in a place that won't be affected by widespread drought and increased temperatures. So, I'm 29 now...60-80 more years?

taking-everything-into-account---what-is-your-envisioned-life-expectancy?

If things don't start to go down the tubes, as I suspect, and we somehow turn things around economically/environmentally/politically, then whose to say Aubrey De Grey isn't right? Maybe we can live forever...

http://www.ted.com/talks/aubrey_de_grey_says_we_can_avoid_aging.html

A82d8cbea04392ebcb1a819bddc4a259

(190)

on September 09, 2011
at 09:01 PM

oh yes, Aubrey De Grey...I have to revisit that ;)

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:03 AM

+1 - Nice, I'm with you on all counts. Having had experiece living entirely off grid, in my case, is helpful for whatever the future brings.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Dude when everything goes to hell, hit me up.. I like your thinking.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on September 09, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Before it does I intend to make as much money as possible on the stock market and through pop culture offerings to fund my disaster plan.

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on September 09, 2011
at 08:37 PM

hm. Two years ago my grandmother died just some weeks short of 100. Midwestern, German descent, she enjoyed coffee beer and ice cream up to the very end. No major complications most her life.

My mom is 75 or so and still not really showing her age. A few sparse grey hairs, still has some shape, still has the strength, energy and back to lift somewhat heavy things (not working out, just helping moving a piece of furniture for instance).

At 35 I've gone the paleo lifestyle, and stepped up the activity level in the past 5 years and plan to do so indefinitely. Perhaps evidence points to a rather long (and health complication free) life.

Then again, I think about the time a few weeks ago when a mongo wave pimpslapped me off the jettie rocks where I was chilling out, and dragged me out to the open water. It was quite the fight getting back to the rocks, and a huge reminder that any day it can all be over in an instant.

So no matter what I do, I have very little control over my lifespan, only what I do to fill the days given.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:16 AM

+1 - It seems to me that you grasp that which you have control over and that which you do not. And that is no different for any of us. Here's to a long and *healthy* life for you.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 09, 2011
at 03:54 PM

125 yrs old is my goal

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I am too bur I think my first four decades may have shortened my realistic biologic goal.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:02 PM

I'm up for that. Longer, if possible. There's a lot I want to do, and never enough time to do it in. ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 09, 2011
at 04:30 PM

I think I'd run out of RRSP's (retirement money) before then!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 09, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I think the same thing. Both my biological parents died too young of cancer (49 and 75), and I just hope I can go longer than either of them. Ah well; we do what we can.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:08 AM

I hope to live a long and *healthy* life. But, when I really think about it, I do not have a desire to live long after everyone I have known and loved and had history in life with is gone.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 11, 2011
at 02:38 AM

I do....I don't define myself by who I know but how I think. And my thoughts might be beneficial to someone 75 years from now

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on November 22, 2011
at 04:25 AM

Quilt, don't be greedy. But 125? Come on. Resveratrol may take us to 100, but not 125, for crying out loud.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on September 09, 2011
at 02:20 PM

I am trying to outlive my father and grandfather. Both made it to 60 years.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:09 AM

+1 - Good! More power to you and glad you are an ancestral lifestyler or eater, at least. :)

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on September 10, 2011
at 05:35 AM

Thank You Mem!!!

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on September 09, 2011
at 08:59 PM

My mom's side of the family, most people live past 90 unless they literally drink themselves to death... there seems to be about one or two in every generation of her family on her paternal side, unfortunately. I have a living great grandmother who turned 99 this year! She doesn't go to the doctor ever (doesn't trust them,) makes bone broths out of all of her bones, eats an egg or two a day, drank raw milk until about 10 years ago and she couldn't get it anymore, eats ramen noodles, drinks coffee all day, never drank or smoked, rode a bicycle around town till she was in her late 80's. On my dad's side his father's family all seem to die before 70, but his mother's side, the women die in their late 90's. I have a great grandmother alive on that side too. She's 94 and was a health food fanatic even in 40's and 50's. She also shirks medical care, drinks two glasses of red wine a day, and takes nothing but baby aspirin and vitamins. She always ate healthy as far as I could tell. Both women still live in their own homes.

I spent about 5 years of my twenties (I'm almost 27 now) eating utter garbage, but other than that I always ate decently, even during my vegetarian/vegan stint in my teens. Seeing that most of the women in my family are long lived, I think that if I stay paleo, avoid excessive drinking, medication, and do some mild exercise I'll probably live in to my 90's as well. You never know, though. We're all just a hit and run away from an early grave so I won't count on it either. :-)

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:00 PM

My mother's father is almost 80 and has a hugely unhealthy lifestyle, including a quadruple bypass and continuing to eat large amounts of ice cream with type 2 diabetes. My mother's mother is 76 and relatively healthy despite ongoing depression and alcoholism. So, based on that side of the family, I'd say a fairly long time.

My father's side of the family, I have no idea. Both his parents drank themselves to death young (see why I quit drinking?).

I don't know, maybe 60, maybe 80, maybe 100+... or maybe I'll get hit by a car tomorrow or get cancer from chemical exposure in 5 years. If I stay healthy, I'd be willing to go on for just about ever.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:14 AM

+1 - Congrats to you for being an entirely new and healthier branch on the family tree. Glad you are an ancestral eater/lifestyler and I think your odds of a longer and far healthier life is quite obviously stellar by comparison to other "branches on the tree."

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on September 09, 2011
at 04:09 PM

My father was an alcoholic, heavy smoker, and only lived to 54 years old. Grandparents on both sides made it well into their 80's. Genetically I'm a mixed bag.

Practically, I spent a short amount of time abusing PED's while competing in a very physically demanding, stressful sport - and believe this is the second most contributing factor I have going against me for longevity.

The most contributing factor being that I've been obese for most of my adult life, and although I'm down over 100lbs, I'm still obese.

So my prediction is, with some kinda miracle, I'll live into my 70's. I'm cool with that. I'm not cool with checking out early like my dad.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:11 AM

+1 - Congrats for the weight loss and ongoing efforts. My hope for you is that you will live a vigorous and most importantly, *healthy* life, however long it may be.

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E95216c62a14d21c371fcbf2fed8469b

(1867)

on September 11, 2011
at 04:54 AM

I plan to take every advantage, genetically and otherwise, to live as long as possible. I've already pledged my life to serving God's sick and elderly lambs and am going back to school to become a doctor. I'm a nurse now and just love learning. That's why I am studying the paleo diet/lifestyle. Can you dig? Both sides of my families have lived long but the women on my women's side have issues with stress then getting cancer and dying way before their appointed time. Death rate is still 100% but I think we can live longer and more fuller lives than we are living now. Being a nurse in long term care, I don't think some people want this for their families :(

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on September 11, 2011
at 01:09 AM

not many long lived in my ancestry, lots of premature ends due to stupidity, I intend to beat them all and not waste the life I have been given. I think 90 is not out the question.

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A5e086d98d694175bd9bfd40148700a3

on September 09, 2011
at 10:20 PM

With the rate of technological advancement + being paleo + being 20.5 years old, I'd like to think that I will never die of natural causes. Unless of course, civilization ends. I want to live as long as possible since once I die, that's it, I'll be gone forever.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on September 10, 2011
at 12:18 AM

+1 - I think your power, in relation to your health, far outstrips that of any technology that is available now or in the new future.

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on September 09, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Probably at least a few centuries. Either that or civilization will collapse before I reach age 60.

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(5639)

on September 09, 2011
at 04:53 PM

I stand with you on the apocalypse fears.

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6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 09, 2011
at 01:32 PM

I'm thinking late 90s or even 100ish.

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3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

on November 22, 2011
at 03:59 AM

Wow, such ambitious goals of longevity! And all of you want bon sante to boot!

My goal is perhaps more modest: to stay healthy while living and not be burdened by diseases that hamper my quality of life. That means not contracting any more chronic health conditions like autoimmune and degenerative diseases, and possibly reversing or pushing into remission my current condition.

It's not how long you live; it's how you live it. The quality of life is important. If I were absolutely focused on longevity, in addition to eating healthy, I would also take defensive driving and self-defense courses. Auto accidents and armed robberies are the Neolithic equivalent of being stomped to death by a herd of wooly mammoths. Being nimble, knowing your surroundings, and having cool common sense could take us very far.

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on November 22, 2011
at 02:34 AM

I hope to remain active and healthy as long as possible, but I suppose 80-90 if I keep it clean and avoid mistakes.

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967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 09, 2011
at 04:18 PM

The women in my family don't tend to live long. Lung cancer, brain cancer, stomach cancer - some of them had great diets and lifestyles, so I'd say 60-65ish.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:00 PM

eeesh, with a mindset like that you're already doomed.

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 10, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Mindset? Im just stating a fact. Taking everything into account, as was posed in the question I believe that 65ish is reasonable. I don't think it's a mindset, but a fact - the women in my family tend to be prone to cancer and fairly early on. I can't say if it's related to diet for sure, but I highly doubt it. The paternal side of my family worked a rustic farm what we'd call organic) and got a lot of physical activity. Whereas my maternal side lived off of white bread, fast food. 60 or 100, it doesnt matter to me. What's important is quality over quantity.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 11, 2011
at 02:40 AM

I doubt their diets were as great as you think. Genetic determinism died in 1999...... It's all about genetic switches we control.

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 13, 2011
at 05:22 AM

edited... "except for eating a moderate amount of baked bread" rather than "except for eating they do..."

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 13, 2011
at 05:18 AM

The maternal side of my family on the other hand tend to be into fast food for every meal. Both sides tend to have active lifestyles. So I can't seem to use diet as a factor that would allow me to avoid a possible genetic disposition. I'm not saying I will keel over anytime soon but, just answering the question. I hope to live to be much much older, but for me quality always trumps quantity. So if I live to be 65 and have a hell of a good time, then good enough for me :)

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 13, 2011
at 05:09 AM

Sorry if you got the wrong impression Futureboy but the question was "Taking everything into account - what is your envisioned life expectancy?" and to that I answered based on my family history. After review I have to believe that genetics played a larger role than diet (although I could be wrong). For example, the paternal side of my family live on a rustic farm overseas, they raise and butcher their own livestock, and farm most of their food. It's what I would consider fairly healthy. First and foremost, I hope to live to be much much older, but for me quality always trumps quantity.

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on September 13, 2011
at 05:11 AM

Sorry if you got the wrong impression Futureboy but the question was "Taking everything into account - what is your envisioned life expectancy?" and to that I answered based on my family history. After review I have to believe that genetics played a larger role than diet (although I could be wrong). For example, the paternal side of my family live on a rustic farm overseas, they raise and butcher their own livestock, and farm most of their food. It's what I would consider pretty healthy (except for eating they do eat a moderate amount of baked bread etc).

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