I’m Wondering How Long Will I Live?
How long will I live?
How long will I live? I am constantly reading that life expectancy is increasing and that we will all live longer.
Wikipedia shows the current average life expectancy at birth in the United States as being over just 78 years old.
Previous generations of Americans would have had much lower life expectancy, with no realistic expectation of living into their late seventies and beyond. Perhaps because life expectancy seems to be such a hot news item I find myself pondering my longevity.
How long will I live is probably not a question that many people may ponder daily, but it is a vital issue none-the-less. When planning for the future, especially for things like pensions, estimates may have to be made on this critical question.
I’ve decided How Long Will I Live
I have decided that I want to be on this earth as long as I can be healthy, and no longer. This is not to say that I wouldn’t like to try to live forever, and see new changes taking place in the world, but I’d want to be fit enough to enjoy the extra years, not stuck in a hospital or care-home bed.
Can I control how long will I live?
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Only a part of my life is actually in my control. I do not generally test my longevity by standing in front of a speeding bus, to see what will happen. Therefore I control my life by protecting myself as much as fate will allow. I also realize that life is not forever, and it should be appreciated, and respected as a privilege. I control as much of my life as I can, and when I choose to do it in a healthy way, I may increase my longevity, barring other unforeseen incidents.
Genetic Factors in how long will I live
There are two big factors involved in determining the answer to How long will I live? These major factors are genetic backgrounds, and my lifestyle. My genetics are predetermined, so I cannot alter them, for example the genetic predisposition for disease a specific disease might be in my genes.
Lifestyle factors in how long will I live
The lifestyle factors in how long will I live is all mine. I can choose to live a healthy life and possibly live longer. Alternatively I can forget about risks to my life, and live day to day. It is impossible to predict what may happen to us, but I want to at least have a chance to live a long and healthy life. There are five factors which influence longevity that I can control, and although I have not mastered them all, it is something that I think about each day, and try to improve upon.
Five factors which influence how long will I live
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Blood pressure is a major factor, and involves three of these other five factors. Smoking, exercise, and stress, can all affect blood pressure, so by controlling these other factors in a positive way, you will be making a huge difference in your blood pressure. Genetic predisposition to heart disease does affect your blood pressure, but if it is monitored carefully, you have every chance of living a long life.
This is sometimes like taming a wild bull, but it is necessary, in order to maintain a somewhat normal blood pressure. A positive outlook helps, surround yourself with friends and family, and be sure to give of yourself. Giving in any form, even a smile, can help you to control your stress, and lower your blood pressure at the same time. When your body feels gratification, you relax, and the blood flows freely. If you only find fault, you will be tense, and have higher blood pressure, so do a nice deed today!
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Stop smoking and you can possibly add years to your life, and get rid of some wrinkles at the same time. Smoking constricts the blood vessels, causing high blood pressure, and can also cause lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease. It is not easy to quit, but it would definitely be worth your life in doing so.
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The most important thing about this category is to find some type of cardiovascular exercise that you can, and will do. Finding something that is not a chore to do is the key. If it doesn’t seem like exercising, you will not mind doing it, and it will definitely help your heart to tick longer.
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As with exercising, make your diet one that you can enjoy. If you eliminate everything that you like, you will crave it more, and forget your healthy diet all together. If you try to eat a balanced meal every day, and smaller portions, there is no need to go overboard. With your healthy diet and exercise combined, you may add years to your life, and both of these things will improve your blood pressure automatically.
What Is The Answer To How Long Will I Live?
The question “How long will I live?” can be influenced, but not totally controlled by my lifestyle choices. Many of the factors above affect each other, and by controlling one, I make a positive adjustment to the others without even thinking.
Because our lives are never stable, and are ever changing, I forget about when I will probably die, because there is just too much living to do. However, by paying attention to the factors I’ve outlined such as respecting my body, and giving as much as I can to others, I plan to live as long as I can.
If you do not think about and plan to have a long life, you probably will not care to pay too much attention to making preparations to ensure that you live a healthy as well as long life. But I would like to be at least, prepared for a long ride, and positively control what I am able to control, in this exciting life of surprise and wonder.