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Perspective #1 on aging

May 17, 2009

After reviewing the results of my lab tests, the doctor said I was doing ‘fairly well’ for my age. Concerned about that comment, I asked him, "Do you think I’ll live to be 80?"

"Do you drink alcohol?" "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… I read that red meat is 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?"

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