Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Methuselah?

...here we come? According to United Press International, there's one less thing obstructing the path between your current self and the glorious age of 100: chronic disease. The explanation:
The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found delaying chronic diseases (now, wouldn't that be nice!) until age of 85 helps people reach 100 but almost one-third of those studied lived past age 97 even though they had developed a chronic condition before the age of 85.
On the one hand, that's nowhere close to the 969 I had hoped. On the other, our atmosphere is worse than at the time of our favorite long-lived Bible character.

2 comments:

HoosierArmyMom said...

One of the things I have always observed, many people in our time have bodies that are outliving their minds. My favorite aunt and I discussed how miserable my grandmother (her mother was) the last few years of her long life (age 97 at death) because she went senile and couldn't understand so much. We both decided that if our bodies, outlived our minds, we wanted someone to take us mountain climbing so we could just slip, fall and go meet our maker and have a fun adventure doing it! Probably all the pollutants messing with the brain that has brought this "senile tendency" on. What do you know about it Hannah?

Hannah J said...

Dunno, I'm not 85 yet. :D

Actually, my main hypothesis rests in the comparison of pre-Flood and post-Flood climates. Before: the firmament/canopy, theoretically protecting the earth's surface from more UV rays etc. than now. After: less of a protective atmosphere. But that's only part of it. Sorry I'm not going into climatology, just working with wee organisms in some subdiscipline of biology.