Well, healthly lifestyle or not - we will all age - if we are lucky! If we are not so lucky .. we will die young!
Sometimes people get Alzheimer's , Arthritis and Osteoarthritis, heart problems, Cancer etc and there is very little you can do to avoid this.
I am 58 (I don't look it) and I dance regularly and bike etc .. but I have Osteoarthritis, in both big toes. You know why? Because of so many years wearing high heeled shoes.
I used to dance my heart out in 2- 3 inch shoes and thought nothing of it. Well, now the foot doctors tells me that high heels are terrible for your feet. Terrible. In fact .. he has gone through this long thing about what kind of shoes you should be wear etc. So when I see the popular 6 inch heels today .. truely .. I just cringe at the damage they do to your feet.
So I had to have surgery on my right big toe where they put a metal bar in there. NO MORE PAIN ..., but I can't wear high heels ... ever. Well, I can .. I am just not supposed too. The left big toe is next .. and I have osteo .. in my knee too! Good grief! hee hee!
Fine though . I have found lots of cute low shoes that work
Even my Physical Therapist has Osteoarthritis - my point is there is nothing you can do to stop this ravage of time - though EVERYONE will not have this problem as they age.
So yes, I am getting old - but I don't believe I will get to the point where I can't wipe my own a** ... but it is possible. If so .. I will just have to deal with the indignity of it because I won't ... 'go gently into that good light'.
I think all you can do is .. all you can do. Drink plenty of water, sleep 8 hours a night, try to eat well (very little processed food), have a colonscopy evey 10 years, have a mamagram every 2 years, have a pelvic every years, floss your teeth RELIGIOUSLY (this is really important) to keep an gum disease at bay, lose weight (though oddly as you age your metabolism slows down so you naturally gain weight and then menapause also helps you get thick in the middle) Hee hee!
So, my cure is to do all I can do - keep dancing, have good sex and keep laughing .. because once you stop laughing and having fun .... YOU WILL AGE!
I have some friends that are 35 and already they are so embittered and hard .. that they are old as heck!
Edited by Printer_Ink - Sep 20 2013 at 9:40am