Will I live to be 80?

I recently turned 60 and had decided to have an exhaustive physical
examination including lab tests and other probing unpleasantries.

At the review appointment, my Doctor said I was doing "fairly well" for my age.

A little concerned about that comment, I couldn’t resist asking him,
"Do you think I will live to be 80?"

He asked: Do you smoke tobacco or drink alcoholic beverages?"

"Oh no," I replied. "I don’t do drugs, either."

"Do you have many friends and entertain frequently?"

I said, "No, I usually stay home and keep to myself"

"Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?"

I said, "No, I’ve read that too much red meat is unhealthy!"

"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing,
hiking, or bicycling?"

"No, I don’t," I said.

"Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?"

"No," I said. "I don’t do any of those things."

"Do you drink lots of HFCS sodas or beverages?"

"No," I said. "I also don’t drink chemically sweetened diet sodas either!" 

He looked at me and said, "Then why do you give a damn?"



Dr. Pearsall’s Comment: I put this up as a joke but the fact of the matter is, you must live a very healthy lifestyle to truly enjoy life. Without your health, you have nothing because you can enjoy all that life has to offer when you’re bed ridden or six feet underground. It’s so strange that when you’re young, you sacrifice your health for wealth and when you’re older, you sacrifice your wealth to try to get your health back. PS: Why stop at eighty years old? Scientists predict that our natural lifespan is actually 120 years old but our chronic diseases like heart disease and obesity prevent us from reaching our potential.   

About the Author:
Dr. Kendra Pearsall, N.M.D. is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in natural weight loss and food addiction. She created Enlita.com to help millions of people achieve optimal health, natural weight loss and life success with her free weekly e-newsletter (sign up at the top of this page.)