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Presidential Debate Over Health Care Costs Highlights Need for Preventive Health Care
Date:9/24/2008

ctors and medical facilities. But, Goldstein says there is increasing evidence that the societal burden of longer lives -- it's estimated that by 2050 some 800,000 Americans will have celebrated their 100th birthday -- doesn't have to be so dramatic.

Goldstein points to long-term studies that have shown that how people live their lives accounts for more than half the difference in how healthy they remain long into their lives. For instance, a 25-year study by Dr. Laurel B. Yates of Brigham and Women's Hospital and her Boston colleagues found that of the 970 men who survived until at least age 90 (from a base of 2,357 men who were healthy at an average age of 72), the primary modifiable predictors of longevity were the absence of diabetes, obesity, hypertension, smoking and the occurrence of regular exercise.

The men with exceptional longevity had a healthier lifestyle, a lower incidence of chronic diseases, were three to five years older at disease onset, and had better late-life physical function and mental well-being, noted Goldstein.

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