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Your Odds of Dying Too Early?
What is “Normal” Aging, and How Can You Help Slow Down the Clock?
© 2023 Health Realizations, Inc. Update


What is your ideal target age to live to? Many people today live to and past 100. We all want to live a healthy life filled with happiness and no regrets.

We will share how to live your life healthier now and at a higher quality of life with less potential ill concerns for many more years to come.

We all have different reasons to live longer, but yet most end up the same: To spend more time with our children, grandchildren and loved ones. We nearly all have loving memories of our cherished grandparents, which we seek to have as many years as possible while in good health with those we too love so dearly.

The average life expectancy in the United States is 77.7 years. However, as far as aging goes, the rate is far from average. Individuals age at entirely different rates. Even different organs within the same person can age at varying speeds.

In order to reduce your “physical stages of dying” too early, it’s wise to first find out what your greatest risks of death are from … and then learn the steps to help prevent them. The good news is that many of the top risks can be dramatically influenced by your own habits and behaviors.

The Leading Causes of Death

Causes of death are far from precise. They vary depending on your age (teenagers face different threats than the elderly, etc.) and also shift over time based on environmental and dietary changes, medical advances, and so forth.

That said, LiveScience compiled a list of potential causes of death, along with an estimate of your lifetime odds of passing on due to that cause.

Your Potential Cause of Death
(you may be at greater risk if you have a family genetic history of a disease or a behavior that expresses / causes illness)


Average Lifetime Odds
Some odds can be improved with healthy eating/diet & proper daily exercises


Heart Disease:
(Increased rates due to increased hours sitting)




(diet, smoking, and lack of exercise can increase odds)








Chronic lower respiratory diseases:




Accidental Injury:




(diet, and lack of exercise can increase odds)




Alzheimer's disease:




Influenza and Pneumonia:
(including swine flu H1N1)




Motor Vehicle Accident:
(Texting could increase to 1-in-65 by 2013)




Intentional Self-harm / suicide: (primarily under the age of 30)




Falling Down:




Assault by Firearm:




Fire or Smoke:




Natural Forces (heat, cold, storms, quakes, etc.):












Air Travel Accident:




Flood (included also in Natural Forces above):




Legal Execution:




Tornado (included also in Natural Forces above):




Lightning Strike (included also in Natural Forces above):




Snake, Bee or other Venomous Bite or Sting:




Earthquake (included also in Natural Forces above):




Dog Attack:




Tsunami (included also in Natural Forces above):




Asteroid Impact:
(could increase by 2012 to 1-in-290,000)




Fireworks Discharge:



While some of these causes of death cannot be avoided, the top causes often can be.

What is “Normal” Aging?

Aging occurs at varying rates, often due to lifestyle factors. But according to the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, which involved screening volunteers aged 20 to 90 every two years for physiological and psychological changes, found that some generalities could be made. As reported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, these include:

  • Heart muscles thicken with age, while maximal oxygen consumption during exercise declines in men by about 10 percent with each decade of adult life and in women by about 7.5 percent.

  • Arteries tend to stiffen, which means your heart needs to supply more force to propel the blood forward.

  • Maximum breathing (vital) lung capacity may decline by about 40 percent between the ages of 20 and 70.

  • The ability of individual brain neurons to function may diminish with age.

  • Kidneys gradually become less efficient at extracting wastes from the blood.

  • Bladder capacity declines. Urinary incontinence, which may occur after tissues atrophy, particularly in women, can often be managed through exercise and behavioral techniques.

  • Typically, body fat gradually increases in adulthood until individuals reach middle age. Then it usually stabilizes until late life, when body weight tends to decline. As weight falls, older individuals tend to lose both muscle and body fat.

  • Without exercise, estimated muscle mass declines 22 percent for women and 23 percent for men between the ages of 30 and 70. Exercise can slow this rate of loss.

  • Bone mineral loss begins to outstrip replacement around age 35. This loss accelerates in women at menopause. Regular weight-bearing exercise can slow bone loss.

  • Difficulty focusing close up may begin in the 40s; the ability to distinguish fine details may begin to decline in the 70s. From 50 on, there is increased susceptibility to glare, greater difficulty in seeing at low levels of illumination, and more difficulty in detecting moving objects.

  • It becomes more difficult to hear higher frequencies with age. Even older individuals who have good hearing thresholds may experience difficulty in understanding speech, especially in situations where there is background noise.

  • Personality is extraordinarily stable throughout adulthood. Generally, it does not change radically, even in the face of major events in life such as retirement, job loss, or death of loved ones.

The important point to remember here is not how your body will react as you age, but rather that you can influence the rate at which you age by making positive changes to your lifestyle.

What this means is that the “average” signs of aging described above may occur much later in life for you, or even not at all.

Clues That Your Aging Rate May be Going Too Fast

“Diet and exercise are thought to have a major impact on a constellation of changes that are common with advancing age. These include higher levels of fats or lipids in the blood, changing levels of blood sugar and insulin, a tendency toward obesity, and increased central body fat that settles around the waist and abdomen,” according to the National Institute on Aging.

This cluster of symptoms is now referred to as metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, insulin resistance syndrome, and dysmetabolic syndrome. If you have three or more of the following symptoms, you may be at risk:

  • High blood pressure

  • High blood sugar levels

  • High levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood

  • Low levels of HDL (good cholesterol) in your blood

  • Too much fat around your waist (specifically a waistline of 40 inches or more for men and 35 inches or more for women (measured across the belly))

What makes metabolic syndrome so dangerous is that this cluster of symptoms significantly increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Again, the good news is that metabolic syndrome is a condition you can avoid, or recover from if you already have it, as it's long been known that metabolic syndrome is influenced by lifestyle choices including a healthy diet and exercise.

Fewer Americans Leading a Healthy Lifestyle

Unfortunately, as it becomes increasingly clear that a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent disease, fewer Americans are taking the advice.

According to a comparison by investigators from the Medical University of South Carolina of results from two large-scale studies of the U.S. population, the number of people adhering to five healthy habits (exercising 12 times a month or more, not smoking, eating five or more fruits and vegetables daily, moderate alcohol use and maintaining healthy weight) has decreased from 15 percent during 1988-1994 to 8 percent during 2001-2006.

But you have a choice right now. Will you take the steps within your power to stay healthy and help prevent disease?

How to Live the Longest, Healthiest Life Possible

Life should become better as we age, as we get to know our real selves and become more comfortable in our own skin. But in order to age gracefully, it helps to be in the best shape possible, both physically and mentally.

So as you work on embracing the positive sides of aging, there are some things you can do to keep the negatives to a minimum.

  • Eat a healthy diet focused on fresh instead of processed foods, without a lot of simple sugars.

  • Relax and find ways to relieve stress.

  • Detox regularly.

Every day we’re exposed to chemicals in our food and water, pollution in our air, and emotional stress in our lives. Over time, these toxins accumulate in your body and can manifest as insomnia, fatigue, digestive problems, aches and pains or even chronic disease.

Detoxification gives your body a chance to rest, clear out toxins and become nourished. Generally this is done by first removing and eliminating toxins, then providing your body with healthy nutrients. You can also support the removal of toxins from your body using various natural heavy metal chelators. Ask your practitioner what is best and recommended for your specific condition and circumstances.

  • Get plenty of high-quality sleep.

It’s during this time that your body is rebuilt and repaired.

  • Exercise regularly.

According to NIA:

“Regular physical activity may be the most important thing an older person can do to stay healthy and self-reliant. In fact, the more exercise you can do in later life, the better off you’ll be.

Studies suggest regular, sustained exercise can help prevent or delay some diseases and disabilities as people grow older. And, in some cases, it can actually improve some of these conditions in older people who already have them.

In a study conducted at Tufts University in Boston, for instance, some people age 80 and older were able to progress from using walkers to using canes after doing simple muscle-building exercises for just 10 weeks.

In addition, physical activity can improve your mood, lessen your risk of developing adult-onset diabetes, slow bone loss, and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.”

  • Stay active, socially and mentally. By reading, doing crossword puzzles, learning new things, working part-time and socializing you can help keep your brain cells strong.

So take charge of your life and your health now by making the positive changes described above. As NIA says:

“Chronic diseases and disability were once thought inseparable from old age. This view is changing rapidly as one disease after another joins the ranks of those that can be prevented or at least controlled, often through changes in lifestyle.”


U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging


CDC FastStats Deaths and Mortality


Dr. Bernstein's Comments

Excellent article.  Always a good reminder that our choices can impact the way we age.  Unfortunately, we live in a toxic world and need to consider going above and beyond just having a healthy lifestyle.  Detoxing can be essential as well.  We offer various testing options and detox protocols to address this issue.

We are here to support you in making the important lifestyle choices for you and taking the extra measures for your individual needs.

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