Thursday, December 30, 2010

Paying the price for a longer life.

A brief article by Bakalar notes a study by Crimmins et al.
...people live longer not because they are less likely to get sick, but because they survive longer with disease....As a result, a 20-year-old man today can expect to live about a year longer than a 20-year-old in 1998, but will spend 1.2 years more with a disease, and 2 more years unable to function normally.

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