Hey all --
I'm curious to know if there have been any studies that show a greater life expectancy for those eating paleo today. Anyone find anything?
Google searches on the subject reveal speculation about how long our ancestors lived and I'm less interested in that (feels too speculative to me) and more interested in seeing, everything else considered, if there is data to show that today we'll live longer if we eat paleo.
If no one has done a study on this (and I'm guessing that this will be the case), does anyone know of any study based on the most-similar-diet (whichever it may be)? For example, it seems to me that the most important, biggest-bang-for-your-buck paleo life changers is removing flour and processed foods -- so maybe there is a study about the life expectancy of people following a non-flower or non-processed-foods diet? (Which isn't quite paleo but is approaching our universe and more likely to have been studied.) For example.
Any thoughts? Thanks!!!!
I think that at this point we can say that the diet helps eliminate many of the reasons that people are dying early. I don't think that there are any studies that go beyond that, but that's pretty powerful.
Robb Wolf referenced Cordain in his most recent podcast. He mentions that if we eliminate gluten from the SAD we would increase life expectancy from 75 to 85. Going Paleo increases it from 85 to 95.
What's more important is that we raise the actual life expectancy.
Life means liveness. Asking me to stay in bed for the rest of my life taking medicines? I'd rather die.
I want excitement. I want to look sexy. I want awesome sex. I want high quality life. I want to feel powerful. And many paleo eaters seem to feel that way. Then, guess what? Even if it lowers my life expectancy, I'd accept that. And it doesn't.
I think it will be a long time before any longevity studies are done as this is a relatively new diet in the modern world. There are some anecdotes to look at though. Check out Art de Vany, Owsley Stanley, and... drum roll... the oldest person in the world!
Regardless of lifespan, I think it's a fair bet that the quality of life in old age will be much better on a Paleo Diet, not the slow decline into chronic disease and disability common with SAD.
Life expectancy has increased dramatically in the last decades. When the Old Age Pension was introduced here in the UK, 1920's. average life expectancy was about 45 years. Now it is around 80.
But it so often seems to be at a cost of years of medication and struggle rather than vibrant health. I think it more likely that long term paleo will see the average person reaching the same general life expectancy as now, but being fit, mobile and able to really enjoy life until almost the end of life.
At least - that is what I hope! I know so many elderly who's lives are trips to the doctor, the hospital, journeys out on a mobility scooter, years with a stair lift etc etc. ~If I can get to 80 or so without all of that, I shall feel that paleo / primal has done me a huge favour.
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