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What Will Change The Old Paradigm For The New?
Life extension (longevity) is one thing. Health extension is another.
Society values both. What the public dreads is one without the other, living longer in misery. The 30-year rise in life expectancy in the last 120 years is one of humanity’s greatest achievements (healthy life expectancy at birth is now ~78.9 and 68.5 years, females/males). But prolonged lifespan hasn’t been accompanied by extended healthspan.
Longevity has been achieved in a costly way, by over-drugging and treating each and every chronic age-related disease separately by a bevy of medical specialists. Modern medicines do a reasonably good job of lowering numbers (cholesterol, PSA, blood sugar, blood pressure) but fails to address the main cause of chronic diseases – aging. Human lifespan has been expanded beyond healthspan, which means people suffer through the last decades of their lives in a chronic debilitated state.
Think of having a 1938 Packard touring car in the garage. It’s 83 years old. You drive it on Sundays when it’s sunny. But if you drove it every day, even in the rain, would might rust out and have to go to scrap metal. What if these old cars were self-repairing like the human body? One automobile manufacturer has actually produced such a vehicle.
Obviously, self-repair would be a bit more challenging in the human body. But progress has actually been made. Modern medicine now knows how to invigorate old cells to perform like young ones again by renewal of mitochondria, the energy-producing compartments in living cells. However, such knowledge has not become part of applied medicine.
Recharging batteries (mitochondria)
There are a few hundred mitochondria in very living cell. Only about 4% of mitochondria are operable by age 80. However, mitochondrial batteries are self-recharging. They renew themselves in a process called fission/fusion. A self-recharging human body is achievable today, without costly tests or treatments.
“If we continue to attack chronic fatal and disabling diseases in the future as we have in the past, we might very well succeed in postponing death, but the price of this success will likely be a rise in the prevalence and severity of aging related conditions. The trade-offs may no longer be favorable as increasingly larger segments of the population survive deeper into the “red zone”—a period in the life span when frailty and disability rise exponentially.”
Dr. Olshansky states: “health extension should supplant life extension as the primary goal of medicine and public health.”
Given that chronic non-communicable disease is estimated to cause 72.3% of deaths, what researchers now realize it is more valuable to achieve health than it is longevity; that the compression of morbidity to the very end of the lifespan potentially has more value by addressing the cause of aging itself rather than treating but not curing each chronic age-related diseases as they occur.
The valuation of health
What would that be worth in dollars should modern medicine adopt this new paradigm? About $367US trillion by adding 10-healthy years to life,
Article from LewRockwell