Longer life. Greater well-being. Biohacks that slow ageing. Researchers and health care providers promise most of these advances and more.
But what’s usually not mentioned is that healthy life expectancy – the average number of years a person can expect to be in “full health” without chronic disease or physical limitations – is headed in the opposite direction for most people.
A recent National Center for Biotechnology Information study chronicled the number of multiple chronic conditions reported by persons of different generations. Those chronic conditions included heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, lung disease, cancer, high depressive symptoms and cognitive impairment.