Lifestyle Factors & Disability: How Our Lifestyle Choices Improve Quality of Life

As the lifespan of the average person grows ever longer, we grapple with an important problem: how do we extend our healthspan, the period during which we can maintain an active and full lifestyle, to mirror our lifespan? An interesting study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society looked at the role lifestyle choices can play in doing just that.

  • Bill Robinson

    Dr. P:

    Too bad there’s so much fail in the Healthy Eating Index that they used:
    High points for lots of grains and low points for even a low amount of fat.

    • ron

      Not sure what you learn from this or how to use it.

  • Kate

    Well, I guess it’s too late for some of us as our earlier lifestyle choices have already caught up with us causing disability as we age. It seems like a no brainier to link unhealthy lifestyle choices lead to problems in advancing years. Was a study necessary to prove something so self evident? The title of the post was about inflammation and brain shrinkage which would have been a much more interesting topic to explore.

    • Kurt Housh

      Logic often fails in matters of health. Healthy whole grains, salt causes heart disease, fat causes obesity, calories in, calories out… all bunk. Studies must be done by independent researchers.

    • Sally Brown

      Yes, I guess it is too late for some of us. True only to a certain extent. You can still improve whatever age you are. It might seem like a no brainier to you to link unhealthy lifestyle choices to problems in advancing years. Just imagine if you had had this info much earlier in your life. Obviously would not have been a no brainier to you back then. Some people are still very young and just getting on board with it all. You sound like you have a sour grapes attitude to this Kate. I thought that a link to the study on inflammation and brain shrinkage was given and encouragement to watch it. In any case you can “Google” it.

  • Krikit

    Thank you!

  • Luciana Santarossa

    Thanks Doctor for all information you have been providing us.Have a peaceful and happy Christhmas!

    • David Perlmutter

      Same to you Luciana. Enjoy!

  • Lu Mueller-Kaul

    The link I clicked said “read more” and it was about brain “shrinkage” (I’m shrinking away from the terminology already) and inflammation.
    Then, instead of an article, I get a video.
    I don’t like videos, I prefer text, that’s why I clicked on “read more”.
    Now I feel like a victim of the most obnoxious clickbait–which is a shame.
    I got here because I liked Dr. Perlmutter’s approach in his books.
    Looks like he hired the wrong marketing firm.
    Or the right one… maybe they did improve the conversion rate, and there just aren’t enough people like me.

    • Bill Shane

      Don’t let one bad experience taint your feelings about Dr. Perlmutter. I met him back in 1994 and have followed him ever since. He’s top shelf in his suggestions about life and how to do it healthy. He totally changed my life and I’m forever thankful.

      • Lu Mueller-Kaul

        great to know!
        I just blame the marketing firm.

  • Fadi Afa Al-Refaee

    Hello Dr. Perlmutter,

    I’m not sure how scientifically accurate your statements are concerning “Gluten-Free”.

    Gluten is a generic catch all for 4 types of proteins in wheat, rye, barley and oats that usually affects people with Celiac disease. What is not as widely known is that “Gluten” is a composite name representing 1) the Gliadin protein in Wheat, 2) Hordein in Barley, 3) Secalin in Rye & 4) Avenin in Oats. You indicate (in this page on your website: https://www.drperlmutter.com/eat/list-of-gluten-free-foods/) that oats does NOT in fact contain gluten. However, that is NOT ACCURATE. If by gluten free you are referring to gliadin-free, then since oats does not contain gliadin, then it would be “gluten”-free. However, there are many very subtle, low to no-symptom side effects that occur with the presence of Avenin (in Oats, which is in fact NOT technically gluten-free), and as such it is important to point that out to those people who are interested in taking advice from you.

    Wishing you and all those in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle all the best always…


  • Cindy Lehman

    I don’t believe ‘any’ gluten is particularly good for us. I feel the best when I eliminate sugar and grains completely – get off track here and there – not good. I’m still working on dairy. That said, I wholeheartedly believe that sugar and grains are a huge culprit in failing health.

    • David Perlmutter

      You’re on the right track Cindy! Keep it up.


    Re: Lifestyle & Disability
    How does lifestyle fit in with those having lifelong disability from birth — Cerebral Palsy?
    We can’t wait until age 73 to change our lifestyle.
    That’s why I choose a healthy nutrient dense diet & active lifestyle (working out at local gym 5 days a week & walking several times a day).
    And I also have Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes for 50 years.
    Most important — after 69 years I have never considered myself “disabled” — I’m capable of anything I set my mind to achieve.
    I just use my everyday affirmation:
    “I am whole & perfect, I am strong & powerful, I am loving & in harmony, I am grateful & joyous, I am who I am.”

    • David Perlmutter

      Wonderful to hear you have found a lifestyle plan that is working for you. Wishing you good health Walter.

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