You are unlikely to die of old age. Because very few people
- perhaps 1 in 10,000.
Yet cell culture
studies, and the few individuals who live on healthily into
their second century, indicate that our true life span probably
lies between 110 and 120.
The vast majority
of us, however, sicken and die prematurely, picked off by
'natural causes long before our biological life span
has run its course.
So why is a long and
healthy life such a rarity? Why do so few of us live out our biological
We used to die, in
the main, of infection or accidents. Twentieth century medicine
has scored significant victories against these. The major causes
of ill health and death now are the chronic degenerative diseases
Heart disease, Stroke,
Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Alzheimers.
If we could find a
way to cut the risk or even prevent these degenerative diseases
from making our last years difficult, we could extend our healthy
middle years and achieve a true life span.
How to cut the risk of each one of the six main forms of degenerative
disease and therefore achieve "quality longevity" is
what Health Defence is all about.