You passed the half-century mark a few years ago, with no chronic illnesses and no overwhelming health concerns. You felt hale and hearty. Then, you hit 65, and you were diagnosed with an age-related ailment. You were told that you had diabetes or heart disease. Your body had succumbed to the pressures of time, weakening you. Your dreams of living to 100 evaporated. How were you supposed to do that when you were sick? No ill human being lived long past the average life expectancy. You had a couple of years left at best. What else could you do aside from start shopping for cemetery plots?
How about living? A diagnosis of diabetes or a cardiovascular condition does not mean that your body is shutting down early. It simply means that you have to work harder to live longer. You have to adjust your lifestyle, so that you make it to your birthday for the next 35 years. And if you don’t think that you can do it, use the 55,000 centenarians in the United States today as inspiration. Use the fact that the fastest growing group in America is the 85 and older age bracket as motivation. Believe that you can live to 100, and then, adjust your lifestyle accordingly.
You developed a chronic illness not simply because of bad luck and genes. Your daily habits were and are a key factor in your health. You have to remain active and get fit. Determine what you can do, what you like to do and what is feasible given your schedule and environment. Eat healthily; stop smoking. Monitor your blood pressure, even if it is not your age-related ailment, and work with your doctor to find ways to remain as well as possible. View your life as if you are living, not as if you were dying, and that is exactly what you will do.