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January 9, 2020

A Prescription for Longevity in the 21st Century: Renewing Purpose, Building and Sustaining Social Engagement, and Embracing a Positive Lifestyle

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  • 1Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University, Stanford, California
JAMA. 2020;323(5):415-416. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.21087

What guidance should clinicians offer parents of a newborn about how to prepare their child for a life that may last to 100 or more years? What should a physician discuss with adolescents who are beginning college, or young adults starting a new career about how to optimize their healthy life? How does this guidance change when individuals reach midlife and later life? Is there a prescription a physician should provide that would allow individuals at all stages of the life cycle to optimally align life span with health span, compressing morbidity and sustaining high functionality through the arc of life?

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    1 Comment for this article
    Yes, But!
    Mark Pickin, MB FRCS | Pain and Orthopedics
    Yes, but in this age of diminishing resources it needs to be asked if it is right to seek to increase average longevity. Surely, keeping individuals healthy and active within their allotted span is where we should be focusing our priorities.

    It is also worth remembering that population statistics conceal subgroups which follow particularly lethal lifestyles and children born into those groups are probably going to follow a similarly risky lifestyle and no amount of education or opportunity will change that except for a very small and self motivated minority who would go out and seek opportunity anyway.
    /> You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.. but he will if he is thirsty!