Long-life habits

by on 08/01/2013

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In 1900, the expected lifespan in the western world was 45 years. In 2000 it had extended by two thirds – to 75 years. Aging has ‘come of age’, so to speak. In those distant days 100 years ago, death was mainly caused by matters beyond our control. If you survived the risks of childbirth, fatal infections were common. Until the discovery of Penicillin in the late 1920’s, there was little protection against diphtheria, polio, syphilis and tuberculosis. Even influenza was frequently a killer.