Paul’s Perambulations

January 17, 2010

Healthy Aging, With Nary a Supplement (NYTimes 1/11/10)

Filed under: General,Recreation — admin @ 11:15 pm

 I contributed the following post to the discussion that followed this NYTimes article :

This is the best article in the magazine section today (and perhaps the only one to tell the unvarnished truth). My wife and I (in our 60′s) hike, camp, backpack outdoors, but most days simply walk. We eat relatively healthy (but don’t obsess over food choices) and take no medications. When I say we take no pills, most friends seem amazed. Sometimes their response feels critical or angry, because they see my behavior as implicit criticism of their lifestyle.  Living healthy doesn’t mean you don’t get sick — I’m getting over a month of viral bronchitis. I’m usually surrounded by many young people, both healthy and sick, and we all get sick at times.

See Comment for my responses to two related NYTimes articles regarding healthy living.

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  1. The following is my post in response to one person’s search for eternal youth as described in the article Shooting Up to Slow Aging advocating testosterone injections:

    This does seem excessive, and I believe that the natural way is the best. My wife and I are in our 60′s and enjoy hiking, camping and backpacking year around (except no winter backpacking). Most days, we simply walk and talk, and eat healthy and in moderation. And a good sex life, of course. I can feel that I’m getting older, which is quite appropriate. No more marathons. I think what’s going to kill this guy is his angst over aging, which is beyond successful drug treatment.

    The following is my post in response to recent NYTimes articles that reported that many brides-to-be go on a crash diet in order to wear a particular size wedding dress, and that once they are married they put on significantly more weight than comparable single women.

    We need to follow a healthy life style for the sake of ourselves and those we love, not simply for external reasons. But very often it does not turn out that way, and the American culture of excess overwhelms folks as soon as they feel safe to indulge.

    Comment by admin — January 17, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

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