The malady that afflicts older people the most is also one of the most preventable and most easily managed if you do get it: hypertension (high blood pressure). Even so, 56 percent of people aged 57-64 escaped its grip. Of those aged 65-74, 41 percent have never had it, and 39 percent of the 75-85 group got that old without it.
These people didn’t survive the disease or suffer the condition and then die of something else; they never had the disease or condition. Ever. Not once. How did they do this? Obviously they are not exceptions to the rule. Are they magic? Are they boring? Maybe; or maybe they lived their dreams while also eating right, walking around more often than not, drinking in moderation, not smoking, and paying attention to their driving.
Yes, it’s true that if you mind your health you’re probably not going to have a stadium full of groupies or millions of dollars to throw around. It’s also true that if you party like a rock star you will likely die like a rock star: young, having forfeited the very attention you craved, leaving behind any children or other family to be mocked because you wasted your talents and abilities, and you might even be impersonated by bad lounge acts all across the nation for more years than you were alive.