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    Friday, July 20, 2012 12:19 pm Email this article

    When you talk to very old people who are doing very well, ninety years old, ninety-five, a hundred, you discover they have three things in common. They are not obese. Obese people die young, but the body can handle a moderate degree of overweight pretty well. We are not as delicate as false experts claim.

    Second, the old-people-doing-well had parents who lived to be very old. Third, they handled stress well, because of their temperament and sometimes because of their religion, but more often because of their moderate philosophy-of-life posing as a religion. Women who handle stress well are always verbal and social, sharing their burdens. Men split about fifty/fifty. Some handle stress well by making friends; others eschew company, but still manage stress well. But the healthy-old are NOT doing well because they ate the right foods or didn't smoke (that whole generation smoked, are you kidding!) or because they jogged regularly or did yoga or prayed. Ask them. Talk to them. Even a little evidence is better than a scupper full of wishful thinking.

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