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Old 04-02-2008, 07:54 AM   #21
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I was on an exercise bike at the gym the other day (one of the techniques to live longer, by the way) and saw a blurb on that topic shoot by so I tuned into the View. I swear, I would never have watched it if I hadn't seen that "live to 150" blurb. At any rate, one of the producers or writers was on and it sounds like this is more of the same old, same old. You know, stem cell research, gene mapping, nano, etc are making great strides. Someday, maybe in our kids' lifetime, we will be able to clone organs. Of course, she pointed out that Alzheimer's increases with age and it is a tough nut to crack. So maybe the lucky winners will get to drool their way to 150. No thanks.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:51 AM   #22
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I remember that when I was around 20, I brashly proclaimed that I wouldn't want to live to be over 30. There didn't seem to be much point in living to be THAT old.
I thought much the same thing, making fun of my father when he turned 50 - "Gee, what's it like to be half a century old?"

Or as one doc put it "Everybody says they don't care if they die when they're 90. That's just the way you feel until you're 89."
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At 97, my (now deceased) mother told me that honestly, she really enjoyed each day and looked forward to the next.

I remember that when I was around 20, I brashly proclaimed that I wouldn't want to live to be over 30. There didn't seem to be much point in living to be THAT old.
Hope I die before I get old...
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So maybe the lucky winners will get to drool their way to 150. No thanks.
This is really sobering. I remember years ago hearing a doctor (speaking on the subject of AIDS, attendance was required for my j*b). She said that the stats on life expectancy are deceptive, especially the thing about women living longer as many many of them spend the last years of their lives "stroked out." I remember that doc. so well; she died of cancer very young, surrounded by family, as they say.
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I watched this last night, and here are some comments:

1. Remember when Barbara Wawa is told that you'd have to drink 1,000 bottles of wine to get the equiv amount of resveratrol that the mice got. She's super surprised and chokes on her wine.

Who is she kidding? Of course she knew that already, and was just playacting for the show. This is very standard on news magazines. Overacting responses.

2. The calorie restriction couple that have been restricting their calories for 14 years. They supposedly weigh every piece of food that they eat. Really? I mean after the first several years I bet you pretty much know how much to put on your plate. Probably just for show.

3. The man in that couple restricted himself to 1900 calories per day. That doesn't sound that drastic. A Subway turkey and ham 6 inch sub with cheese and condiments is about 510 calories.
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I have seen some really miserable existences for people in their early 90s...dont count me in for living to 150...besides who is going to pay for this...I think Logan's Run had the right idea Logan's Run (1976 film); - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Ssshhhh - don't give the government any ideas. Could be the fix for both healthcare and social security - all in one shot!

BTW - thought the movie was pretty good back in the day.
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2. The calorie restriction couple that have been restricting their calories for 14 years. They supposedly weigh every piece of food that they eat. Really? I mean after the first several years I bet you pretty much know how much to put on your plate. Probably just for show.
Habit. I've been making coffee for over 30 years yet I still scoop it out with a teaspoon or a tablespoon (should they be referred to as "coffeespoons"?) instead of eyeballing it into the filter.

Walford's original research is probably on the right track but it's certainly subject to over-interpretation. I think some of the CR crowd have anal-retentive quantification behavior that makes nuclear-trained submariners look like happy-go-lucky carefree hedonists. (Maybe it's a side effect of the self-imposed starvation.) I just wish there was more/better data on the concept.
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