Would you like to live to 150?

Researchers are saying that the first drugs that can slow the ageing process are likely to be available within five to ten years. They believe this could result in people eventually living to 150 or more.

Peter Smith, dean of medicine at the University of NSW, said a girl born today in Australia could reasonably expect to live to 100 already, due to advances in medicine, lifestyle and public health. In addition, new drugs to help the body repair itself were in the early stages of development, along with new stem cell therapies.

”I think there is real hope we can extend human life by some decades further,” Professor Smith said. – Sydney Morning Herald

So, what do you think? If you could stay reasonably healthy, would you want to live for 150 years?

I’m hoping I’ve still got a good many years ahead of me but I’m not sure about hanging around for 150 years. What about you?

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Australia’s Drug Habit

It seems we’re becoming a nation of druggies. If there’s a pill to fix what’s ailing us we’ll gulp it down and then we’ll reach for the pill that helps us overcome the effects of the first pill.

Modern medicine has come a long way over the last several decades but has our attempt to fight disease become a lazy way to maintain our unhealthy lifestyles? Are we too quick to reach for the latest wonder drug and not nearly as keen to start treating our bodies with a little more respect?

AUSTRALIA has a pill-popping obsession, taking more than 40 million pills per day – about two pills a day for every man, woman and child.

Our drug habit is costing us $14.2 billion a year – $6.5 billion of that directly out of our own pockets – and raising questions about whether we’re relying on pills rather than changing lifestyle to maintain health. – News.com.au

While the figures are talking about Australia’s obsession with the quick fix, I’m sure that the statistics would stack up in a similar way in many countries around the world.

I’m glad that there continues to be advances in medical science and that conditions which had no way of being managed in the past are now considered minor health issues. I’m very much in favour of using appropriate medicines to improve quality of life for many people but I wonder if we’re still too eager to reach for a blister pack rather than controlling some of the lifestyle issues that created our conditions in the first place.

It’s a concern that out of the current top ten prescription medications taken by Australians, three are cholesterol medications and three are blood pressure medications. While I’m sure there are many people with cholesterol or blood pressure issues that can only be helped with a pill, I’m sure that there are many thousands on such medications who could greatly reduce their dependence on drugs by living a healthier life.

I’m heavier than I should be and I don’t always eat the right foods so I know I could be doing more to stay healthy but I’m concerned that many people today are relying on pills and potions to allow them to live badly. I wonder what doctors and researchers could be doing with their time if each one of us took responsibility in maintaining our own bodies as much as possible. I wonder what serious health issues, diseases and conditions they would be able to conquer if they didn’t have to spend so much time, effort and money simply trying to manage our bad lifestyle choices.

What will it take for us to change our own attitudes towards health? I’m sure that someone’s working on a pill for it right now.

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