Would You Like to Live to a ‘Ripe Old Age’?

How To Live To A Ripe Old Age:

and you will probably reach old age. Those actions alone may suffice.

We’re all going to die. Dust to dust. Just a matter of why, when and how.

As a journalist, husband, father and grandfather, I probably care most about quality of life. As a physician and forensic pathologist, I care deeply about the length of life and the quality of death.

We all have a lot of control over our quality of life and both our length of life and the parameters of death through our voluntary actions.

Here are some details that can help us (on average) to “mature” slowly and beautifully and can be decisive (in many individuals and situations). I have not included any references or links, although there is solid evidence to support most of my claims.

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Food and Medicine

  • To do not consume sugar, added to anything, in home-cooked or restaurant meals, in soft drinks, juices, baked goods, desserts, or processed foods.

  • Eat whole grains, including bran.

  • Eat above-ground leafy vegetables, some root vegetables, nuts and peanuts and berries.

  • Take in supplemental fiber, such as psyllium husks.

  • Take supplemental magnesium and possibly vitamins K2, C and D daily.

  • Don’t worry about consuming animal and vegetable fats (except no trans fats), including milk, cheese, meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs; enjoy in moderation.

  • Two full meals a day and no snacks in between is best.

  • Drink alcohol, but not before 5 pm, and do not eat.

  • Never use ‘street drugs’.

  • Do not use natural or synthetic opioids for anything other than short-term relief from severe pain or the pain of advanced cancer; then use everything you need.

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Lifestyle and activity

  • Sleep 6-8 hours a night without sleep medication.

  • Do not drive after drinking or taking certain psychoactive drugs.

  • Walk up and down stairs, but make sure there are handrails in case you need them.

  • Make sure to stay physically, mentally, socially and sexually active.

  • Do not keep firearms in your home or workplace.

  • Study and enjoy birds, bees, trees, plants, flowers and wildlife.

Social and economic factors

  • Appreciate whatever family life you have and take an active part while encouraging people to live their own lives.

  • Read great books (fiction or non-fiction) a little every day.

  • Be active (personally or electronically) with young people.

  • Keep up to date with current events in the world, care deeply about it, but accept the reality of what you can and cannot change.

  • Passionate about culture (performing and visual arts) and sporting events.

  • Recognize and respect the value of spirituality and religion for many people, but feel free to live differently as you wish.

  • Try to earn (and keep) as much money as it takes to keep your healthy environment in check until ‘mature age’.

Medical procedures

  • Take charge of your own health.

  • Listen to your body.

  • Maintain a long-term relationship with a reliable and conservative primary care physician and certain specialists appropriate to the needs of older individuals.

  • Promote good vision in every way possible.

  • Use hearing aids daily as needed to maintain that brain function.

  • Visit your dentist every 6-12 months and maintain good oral hygiene – there is a strong correlation between longevity and the number of original teeth.

  • Keep your most current vaccination schedules alert.

  • Keep sensible distance from other people who are likely to be contagious (regardless of the agents); don’t be shy about masking.

  • Take as little medicine as possible and perform as few diagnostic tests and surgical procedures as possible, especially back and knees.

  • Use acupuncture and massage as needed.

  • Apply copious amounts of moisturizing skin lotion, especially after sun exposure.

  • Use a nasal spray with saline solution often to prevent nosebleeds.


  • Walk at least 2 miles every day.

  • If the opportunity is there, try to swim every day.

  • Learn and practice the techniques of yoga, not necessarily in groups, especially the standing side bend, the baby cobra leaning forward, the forward plank and the windshield wiper.

  • Recognize that sarcopenia of aging is inevitable and unrelenting, but try to mitigate it with a high-protein diet and intentional lifting of heavy objects (resistance training).

  • Work on balance, especially standing on one foot.

  • “Wearables” can be useful as a motivator and record holder. Below are screenshots of my Fitbit Inspire 2 on a recent morning (weight, 159; resting heart rate, 59; sleep, 7hrs 44mins; readiness [to exercise], 100; 4907 steps; 2.34 miles)


  • Don’t retire.

  • If you have to stop working full-time, start part-time or volunteer.

  • Make sure you have productive and satisfying reasons to get out of bed every morning.


If you’re older and somewhere doesn’t hurt you when you get up in the morning, you may already be dead. Check your pulse.

Warning: I haven’t figured out how not to get “overripe”. Biology probably decides.

Tell us employees at Medscape and other readers what you think of my views in the comments section.

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