Health care is enormously expensive – about £150 billion pa in the UK. Just 4% of this goes % on prevention.
This is the bottom line – how long you live. As I have banged on about in the previous blogs, I regard healthspan as more important than lifespan, but no-one wants to die sooner than necessary. As the old question goes – “who wants to live to be 90?” The answer is “someone aged 89.”
That part of life spent in good health is Healthspan and is a better measure of a nation’s wellbeing than Lifespan.
Increasing age inevitably brings reduction in physical fitness and the risk of dependency. Regular exercise greatly reduces this risk.