Compressed Morbidity

The compression of morbidity is a hypothesis put forth by James Fries, professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Fries’ hypothesis is that the burden of lifetime illness may be compressed in to a shorter period before the time of death, if the age of the first chronic infirmity can be postponed. (Wikipedia). In this sense, I would define morbidity as the time an individual can’t live independently, as opposed to choosing to not live independently.

The studies I have read support the fact that the onset of morbidity can be delayed through lifestyle choices. In addition, studies have shown those in care facilities have a significantly longer lifespan if they are not burdened by having had a significant event such as a broken bone or major illness.

The point of me bringing this up is to emphasize the importance of: exercise, good nutrition, and reduced stress in our lives, all of which we know can delay that first significant event. We all know we can do better than we are, there is always room for improvement. To do less than our best is to capitulate. I’m in this for the long game. There is one national restaurant chain, that I know of, that offers a 100% discount to customers over 90. I am looking forward to being a real pain in their ass.

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