WILL I LIVE TO SEE 80?
Here’s something to think about. I recently picked a new primary care doctor. After two visits
and exhaustive Lab tests, he said I was doing ‘fairly well’ for my age. (I just turned 60.) A
little concerned about that comment, I couldn’t resist asking him, ‘Do you think I’ll live to be
80?’ He asked, ‘Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer or wine?’ ‘Oh no,’ I replied.. ‘I’m not
doing drugs, either!’ Then he asked, ‘Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs? ‘I said
, ‘Not much… my former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!’ ‘Do you spend a lot
of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?’ ‘No, I don’t,’ I said. He
asked, ‘Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?’ ‘No,’ I said. He looked at me and
said,… ‘Then, why do you even care?