“Tips To Increase Longevity”
According to the CDC, Americans have a shorter life expectancy than almost all other high-income countries. In 2016, the United States ranked 43rd among all nations’ life expectancies, with an average lifespan of 78.7 years. In 2019, the agency calculated that the average American has a life expectancy of 78.8 years. That falls short of comparable countries like Australia or France, whose residents can expect to live 82.6 years, and for the United Kingdom and Germany, about 81 years. But the future of the world’s health is not preordained. Experts say that the top three health drivers behind the future trajectory for early death will be metabolic factors—high blood pressure, high body mass index, and high blood sugar. Other top drivers of premature mortality will be tobacco and alcohol use, and air pollution. Admittedly, COVID-19 and its death toll dominated 2020 and may extend well into the future. Here are some tips to adopt for a longer life, based on the latest studies and expert opinions. Recommendations are to avoid meat and consume a diet composed of 90%-100% plants. However, I would personally have a difficult time following this course strenuously. Journalist Dan Buettner, who wrote the book, The Blue Zones Solution, found vegetarians in Loma Linda (a Blue Zone in California) often outlive their meat-eating peers by up to 8 years. Consider making olive oil a staple. Buettner found that taking in about 6 tablespoons of olive oil daily appears to cut the risk of premature mortality by 50%, which I personally have difficulty believing.