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Extremely healthy for my age 27 13.37%
Healthier than others my age 89 44.06%
Average health 33 16.34%
Average health but concerned about an underlying condition 33 16.34%
Below average health but nothing serious 10 4.95%
Battling a major illness 4 1.98%
Unhealthy 1 0.50%
Walking dead 4 1.98%
Dead 1 0.50%
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:18 PM   #41
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a study came out yesterday that said flossing is useless

BMI is a joke anyway
I don't know why flossing would be useless. If it does not let you keep your teeth, the benefit of having a clean mouth is still worth something. It's like saying having body odor is not detrimental to one's health, therefore there is no need for showers.

The absolute range for a healthy BMI may be disputed, but if I cannot be competitively athletic, the ability to do squats, pushups and pullups is still important to me.
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The absolute range for a healthy BMI may be disputed, but if I cannot be competitively athletic, the ability to do squats, pushups and pullups is still important to me.
I can't do a pullup but I can knock out some dips. I lift weights 3 days a week. For me to get to a normal BMI I'd have to weigh what I did when I was 16.
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Well, I was a scrawny teenager, so would not want to be back to where I was at 16.

But in terms of pullups, pushups, running, or even lifting weight, no way I can beat what I did at 16. I could lift a bit less than 1.5x my weight then.
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Well, I was a scrawny teenager, so would not want to be back to where I was at 16.

But in terms of pullups, pushups, running, or even lifting weight, I don't think I can beat what I did at 16. I could lift a bit less than 1.5x my weight then.
I can't beat what I did when I played college football. Right now I'm just trying to keep some muscle.
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Heck, I cannot even eat as much or drink as much, or stay up as late.

It's all downhill for a while already.

Can't even do integration by parts as quickly, or solving differential equations by mere inspection.

I just know more about stocks (and have more money).
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Um, no. What AP found was that there are no solid studies that prove that flossing is beneficial. That's different from showing that it's not useful.
I'll keep doing it anyway. It's just that it is now in the category of "Can't hurt, might help".
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so it's good exercise?
It's simply unproven to be useful for dental health since there is no study that proves it's a benefit. Conversely, there isn't a study that proves it is not a benefit either. Basically, no one ever really studied if flossing is worthwhile. Everyone just assumed it is.

Now someone has to do an actual study.
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i get mine flossed every six months whether or not I need it
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Again, I'd rather not have food stuck between my teeth.
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Again, I'd rather not have food stuck between my teeth.
that's what toofpicks are for
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I put down healthy for my age but I might be better than that but I don't have the ability to find out. I exercise daily and am not overweight. I know a few years ago I was down in Cabo and my wife said I looked fitter than the 20 somethings in the pool

That's the only proof I need
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We have Lake Woebegone Syndrome showing up already.
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Probably not, and I'd probably have to go back to work real quick after dating her.
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No, but she is smoking.
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We have Lake Woebegone Syndrome showing up already.
Well, last month the guy who set up the physical therapy program for me said I was "in pretty good shape". But then he had to add the qualifier "for a man your age".

Some people just don't know when to STFU.
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Not unusual for a poll, 55% are healthier than average.
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We have Lake Woebegone Syndrome showing up already.
I know! As of this moment, out of 63 voters more than 93% think their health is average or better. Excuse me while I spray ice water on my monitor.

And this is the same group that includes a sizeable fraction planning to spend their last dollar before age 85 or so. Lots of wishful thinking, and I don't think many will look as eagerly upon the Smith and Wesson solution when the time comes, as they do now.
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Not unusual for a poll, 55% are healthier than average.
It might be biased by being in the ER forums and by being in the "Health and Early Retirement" part of the forums.

Should I put a pointer to it in the "Other topics" forum?
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It might be biased by being in the ER forums and by being in the "Health and Early Retirement" part of the forums.

Should I put a pointer to it in the "Other topics" forum?
Are you suggesting that people that hang out in the other sub-forums are less healthy?
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You're healthier than others.... until you aren't.

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Agree. I guy in my neighborhood was found face down in his pool just a few days ago. Died of an aneurysm. He was in his late 50's. As of now I feel great and can do most anything I could do at anytime in my past. But you just never know........
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