Death is an inevitability that everyone must face. But while death is certain, the age at which we die is not. In recent years, scientists have made significant progress in understanding the ageing process, and this knowledge has led to new strategies for prolonging life. However, lengthening life is not the same as living a healthy life. There are now many elderly people who are living with chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. So how can we balance the desire to live a long life with the need to live a healthy one?
One approach is to focus on healthspan rather than lifespan. Healthspan is the number of years that a person lives without chronic illness or disability. By prolonging our healthspan, we can enjoy a better higher quality of life for longer. There are lots of many things that we can do to promote healthy ageing, such as eating a healthy diet, staying active, and socialising regularly. By making these lifestyle choices, we can increase our chances of living a long and healthy life.