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It is time for my birthday next month. As I inch another year closer to my fiftieth birthday, I contemplate the question that many of us ask: am I as healthy as I can be to live a long lifespan and healthspan?
To be clear, these words have distinct meanings: lifespan is the duration of one’s life; healthspan is the duration of one’s healthy years. For you to live a successful life, by these terms, would be living your whole life being able to stay healthy, active, and participate in hobbies and interests until one night, after you are 100 years old, you die in your sleep. To have a long healthspan means having only a short period of disease just before your life ends.