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DaveB
2nd March 2018, 13:06
Why the world needs to get ready for more people dying - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43159823)

ladymuck
2nd March 2018, 14:14
I have a theory, opinion, whatever, that dementia is a side effect of living too long. The advances of medicine and higher standards of living mean that our brains are giving out when disease would have done for us much earlier.

Not saying that applies to all cases of dementia, of course, because for every tenuous correlation there's something completely the opposite which confounds it. We're complicated creatures and don't all react in the same way to the same stimuli.

vwdan
2nd March 2018, 15:05
I have a theory, opinion, whatever, that dementia is a side effect of living too long. The advances of medicine and higher standards of living mean that our brains are giving out when disease would have done for us much earlier.

Not saying that applies to all cases of dementia, of course, because for every tenuous correlation there's something completely the opposite which confounds it. We're complicated creatures and don't all react in the same way to the same stimuli.

Like built in obsolescence?

vetran
2nd March 2018, 15:16
what will happen is that we will fix more late life afflictions as we become more used to them.

Prostate cancer survival statistics | Cancer Research UK (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/prostate-cancer/survival)

survival rates have tripled in the last 40 years.


Breast cancer statistics | Cancer Research UK (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/breast-cancer#heading-Three)

Doubled in 40 years.