Dana, I understand your point. However I’ve had to work my ass off for a good bit of what you call “luck.” I get that comment a great deal. No single short article can encompass 65 years of mistakes, missteps, stupid shit, inherited genes, or all the other factors that go into a life. However, being called fortunate also doesn’t acknowledge the immense amount of discipline, what I have had to give up, the hours of work I do every single day to live a healthier life. This does not say that anyone and everyone can or should. So much of this is attitudinal, and as you point out, solid research. Since I’ve also been a heavy smoker, been obese, and had my fair share of other issues (none of which I would have called lucky or fortunate), they have all taught me to make very different choices. I can appreciate that there are medical conditions that we can’t avoid (I just had to start taking Metformin, of all things, because I inherited Type II diabetes from my paternal grandmother, despite doing absolutely every thing right). That’s the genetic lottery. However Metformin is being hailed as an “anti-aging drug.” So, perhaps not such a bad thing, although I don’t buy into anti-aging per se. I do buy into the notion that about 70% of how we age is in our hands. That will vary person to person, but I like those odds. Thanks most kindly for your input. I appreciate it.

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