Dr. James Long Article

The Costs of Medical Care & The Future of Medicine – PART 2

The Cost of an Aging Population

BY:  Stephen C. Schimpff, MD

We are all getting older and like an old car our parts start to wear out. That will not change but we as individuals can delay the effect of aging with physical and mental exercise. Our organs lose some of their function at a set rate each year. For example, bone mineral density goes down about 1 percent per year beginning about 30, and so does lung function, heart function, muscle mass, etc. Good data shows that exercise slows the rate of loss of bone mineral density, heart function, lung function, muscle tone, and improves mobility, strength and a sense of well-being. Similarly, there is suggestive evidence that exercising the brain slows down memory loss and may delay the