Better treatments and prevention for communicable diseases has increased life expectancy. This opens the door for diseases of age and nutrition.
The World Health Organization released the 2008 World Health Statistics recently, which included information on life expectancy in
As recently as 50 years ago, life expectancy increases were heralded as communicable diseases succumbed to antibiotics, vaccines, a newly introduced public health infrastructure, and sewage control. The average child born in
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease has been a leading cause of death in the
The good news is that most aging-associated and nutrition-associated (cholesterol and heart disease) disorders are preventable and easily treated or managed by diet and lifestyle changes.
I am of the mind that we are born to die. From the moment we are fully formed, we begin to age. Each organ going through the motions towards its demise and the body's death. We can cure every known communicable disease and still not be immortal. It's in the very fabric of what we are.