3 steps to reach 100 feeling youthful and healthy

(BPT) – What will your life be like when you turn 100? A century ago the question seemed almost flippant, a needless consideration for most people, but today it’s very real. The percentage of people living to 100 has grown almost 66 percent in the last 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The MDVIP Health and Longevity Survey reveals that more than half of Baby Boomers and Generation Xers want to live past the age of 90. More than a quarter want to live beyond 100. The majority from both generations also believe advances in science and technology are going to keep more people alive past the age of 100.

However, these findings come at a time when the life expectancy of Americans has declined for the first time in two decades and one in two adults is living with at least one chronic disease.

“To reach their longevity goals, Americans can no longer afford to put their health on the back burner,” says Dr. Andrea Klemes, chief medical officer at MDVIP. “Most people don’t wait until they’re 60 to start saving for retirement. The same should go for their health, where making small investments today can pay big dividends many years down the road.”

Many chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, are preventable through simple lifestyle changes. Still, nearly two out of three Boomers and Gen Xers admit they could be doing a better job of exercising regularly, eating well and maintaining a healthy weight.

The key to greater longevity is prioritizing your health now — when you’re well — to prevent problems later on. Whether you’re age 38 or 68, arm yourself with the right knowledge and tools to set realistic health goals and help you stay on track to achieving them.

You can start today by asking three questions:

What’s your number?

When’s the last time you had your blood pressure or cholesterol levels checked? Maintain a current record of your vitals and lab results along with your family history. Make sure you discuss these details with your doctor, who can help identify your risk for certain conditions and suggest lifestyle changes based on the results.

For example, if you know you have pre-diabetes or are at a moderate risk for developing heart disease, you can work with your doctor on modifying your diet and increasing your physical activity. These data points serve as an important guide in managing your health and can be the difference between preventing an issue and treating it.

What’s up, doc?

Going to the doctor is an essential component of maintaining good health but choosing the right doctor directly affects the benefit of each visit. Surprisingly, the survey revealed that one out of three Gen Xers avoid going to the doctor out of fear of finding something wrong.

It’s important to find a primary care doctor you trust, who makes you feel at ease and takes the time to know you and your medical history.

“Having Dr. Gassner on my side has been the best medicine,” says Rose Demitrack, a 101-year-old patient of MDVIP-affiliated physician Dr. Lawrence Gassner in Phoenix, Arizona. “He spends time with me and makes sure I’m doing the right things. Plus he always makes me laugh, which is one secret to staying young. I may be older than most, but I still feel young on the inside.”

In the current healthcare environment, an appointment with a doctor is usually scheduled weeks in advance, and after a long wait in the waiting room, patients often feel rushed through the visit. Patients deserve better and you should shop around for a doctor whose goal is to build a relationship and keep you well.

What’s the plan?

Whether your goal is to lose 10 pounds or to lower your blood pressure, you need a plan to get you there. “I tell my patients to think of it as a business plan for their health,” says Dr. Steven Wilson, an MDVIP-affiliated family practitioner in Redlands, California. “First determine your health goals and make them the focus of your attention. Discuss your goals with your doctor who can help you formulate a health plan for the next year and beyond.”

Once you have your plan established, it’s up to you to execute it. Many people don’t stick with a plan because it’s hard to stay disciplined and easy to fall back into old habits. So don’t be afraid to consult your doctor along the way. Your doctor is your partner in your health journey, and working together could give you a better chance at seeing exactly what your life will be like when you reach 100.

To learn more about MDVIP’s national network of more than 900 primary care physicians who deliver personalized care with an emphasis on prevention and a close doctor-patient relationship, visit

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* Single Mothers are talked about in glowing terms for their hard-work, determination and fortitude – but what is the truth about single moms?

Motherhood has evolved quite a bit over the last fifty years: more women are having their children later in life – or in less traditional ways: before and outside marriage. Single motherhood has become so incredibly common that it is projected that soon – half of all children will live with a single mom at some point before the age of eighteen.

What kind of impact does single motherhood have on society? What impact does single motherhood have on children? Are Fathers important – and what impact does growing up in a fatherless home have? What is the Truth About Single Moms?


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    • Skyler Small
    • March 26, 2017

    So a single mom I happen to know on FB just posted this…

    "What pisses me off is when I see all these dudes talking shit on single moms!!! Ain't no one said you have to talk to us. Hell we didn't chose this life. It just happened. BC dudes wanna be little bitches. !!!! I ain't drunk enough to handle this dude. !!"

    I think you did "chose" this life. LOL

    • MGTOW Mexico
    • March 26, 2017

    I have often wondered why the courts find it necessary to grant primary custody to the women, when women are 90% of welfare recipients and "require" rolleyes child support.

    Many men pay for everything during the marriage, with the wife not working at all, and receive almost no child support.

    Given statistics of single mother households:

    43% of U.S. children live without their father (U.S. Bureau of the Census).
    63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (U.S. Department of
    Health and Human Services and U.S. Bureau of the Census).
    90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes (U.S. Bureau of the Census).
    85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes (Center for Disease Control).
    80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26).
    71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, March 26, 1999).
    71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (National
    Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools).
    70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988).
    85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992).
    61% of all child abuse is committed by biological mothers (Department of Health and Human Services Report on Nationwide Child Abuse).
    90% of welfare recipients are single mothers (U.S. Bureau of the Census).

    It is proven that single mothers fail enormously, and worse; fathers, societies and governments fund it all.

    According the United States Department of Health and Human Services in a 2015 report to Congress, they collected 32.4 billion dollars [1], not counting interest and between $1-2 given to the states for every dollar collected.

    It gets worse:

    • An estimated 13.4 million parents lived with 22.1
    million children under 21 years of age while the
    other parent(s) lived somewhere else.

    • One of every six custodial parents (17.5 percent)
    were fathers. (Still speaks nothing to the rate at which women are awarded custody in divorces, and in fact, many states no longer even track divorces statistics, California – the leader – amongst them.)

    • More than one-quarter (26.6 percent) of all children
    under 21 years of age lived in families with only one
    of their parents while the other parent lived elsewhere.
    About half (48.1 percent) of all Black children
    lived in custodial-parent families.

    • Most custodial parents had one child (54.7 percent). (Where is the data for women with several children, but each from a different father?)

    • The proportion of custodial mothers with income
    below poverty (31.2 percent) was higher than that of
    custodial fathers (17.4 percent). (Society requires men to actually work, and per the report, doesn't award men child suppot or welfare on the level it does to women – more gynocentrism.)

    • Child support income accounted for over two-thirds
    (70.3 percent) of the mean annual personal income
    for custodial parents below poverty who received
    full child support.

    • About half (48.7 percent) of all custodial parents had
    either legal or informal child support agreements,
    and custodial mothers were more likely to have
    agreements (52.3 percent) than custodial fathers
    (31.4 percent)[2]. – (This doesn't make sense or line up with the USDHHS's stats, because they state in their report, that "Cases with Orders: 86%" [1] have been awarded… in fact, they track this metric in every single state, and actively seek child support judgements, even when none are requested by either parent, which means that the US Census Department's percentage in this criteria, is only about 1/2 what it should be.

    Also, Figure 2. in the report from the Census Department (given the aggregate numbers involved – with women factoring in at a rate of 6 to 1, the percentages of women that do not work full time as men is alarming. The report refers to "13.4 million parents […] referred to as custodial parents in this report," with 1/6 of the custodians being men, meaning, 2.345 million men are custodians, and 11.055 million are women. Of these:

    2013 Percentages –

    1.58 million men work fulltime,
    .483 million men work part time.
    .281 million men are unemployed
    (all as parents with custody)

    5.07 million women work fulltime.
    3.41 million women work part time.
    2.56 million women are unemployed (which is more than the entire amount of men that have custody).

    To get a more comprehensive understanding, the national workforce should be examined.

    The US Bureau of Labor states that 57% of women participate in the workforce [3], and that women and men are unemployed at 5.2% and 5.4% of the working age population [4], respectively. 23.2% of women with custody, are unemployed (which is an unemployed rate more than 9 times greater than men who have custody).

    Of the 123 million women age 16 years and over in the U.S., 72 million, or 58.6 percent, were labor force participants—working or looking for work. Unemployed custodial mothers, make up more than 2% of the total female workforce which counts women ages 16 and older [5].

    Of the 57 million women who are unemployed, unemployed, custodial mothers comprise 4.5%.

    The Census Department states here that, in 2013, there are actually almost 8 times as many men paying child support than women, and that men pay almost 7 times the amount of child support that women do. They also state that in regard to custodial parents requesting assistance, 2.5 million women request assistance, compared to .3 million men (that is 8.33 times more often than men do)[6].

    • Kalyreah Aj
    • March 26, 2017

    my mom has been a single mom since I was about 16 months, I had crazy stepparents that went to jail, yup! my life is so great!

    • karmaliquorice
    • March 26, 2017

    Which country is this for?

    • John Cool
    • March 26, 2017

    single mothers are the best at:
    63% of youth suicide
    71% of pregnant teens
    90% of homeless and runaway teens
    70% of juveniles in state operated institutions
    85%of all cildren who exhibit behavioral disorders
    80%of rapists motivated by displaced anger
    71% of all high school dropouts
    75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers. ..
    they ALL come from fatherless homes. So much for women being able to do it all.

    • Nolen Felten
    • March 26, 2017

    lol my dad was abducted aliens 40:30

    • Nolen Felten
    • March 26, 2017

    that child abuse chart is interesting

    • Nolen Felten
    • March 26, 2017

    I have trouble figuring out female attraction without a dad

    • The Triggering
    • March 26, 2017

    Bible was right….again

    • The Triggering
    • March 26, 2017

    The welfare state = the single mother state. So many single moms get benefits like healthcare, earned income tax credit, housing, food stamps. The list goes on. It really is a big racket, and they have the nerve to play themselves off as victims in all of this. They chose the deadbeat thug fathers! They should choose more wisely!

    • Jo Woods
    • March 26, 2017

    Unless your ex is abusive, negligent or dead, you aint a single Mom 😉

    • MGTOW Mexico
    • March 26, 2017

    The graph with children living with single father after a divorce… to be clear… was a total of 45% of a base of 2,848,000 children, equaling 1,281,600 children went to live with the father after a divorce, in the entire United States, in 2014.

    In terms of women, the base sample is not 2,848,000 children (as it was with men), but is 20,257,000 million children (more than 7 times as many), with 6,077,100 children being sent with the mother after the divorce, plus child support being paid in instances of separation or lack of marriage.

    Also, the date here does not reflect the average number of children in the family per divorce, at the time of the divorce.

    • Schmuddel
    • March 26, 2017

    India's low 1% statistic is impressive but I don't think it accounts for the high incidences of forced marriages either there or in other Asian countries.

    • Katyy Zady
    • March 26, 2017

    The problem is female grandiosity which is being indulged today as never before. We throw hissy fits when told being a slut is wrong. Guys: don't roll over for it. Find a girl who'll be a real mother and not a cash COW.

    • Katyy Zady
    • March 26, 2017

    working when you could have stayed home with your babies tells the kids you prize money more than time with them. No wonder kids grow up depressed.

    • Christopher Cronk
    • March 26, 2017

    WHERE in this is about family courts taking dad's out of the picture. You have missed a MAJOR point here.

    • gabbyK bak
    • March 26, 2017

    And because kids nowadays watch sitcoms? Lol. And fathers should make fun of mothers more? You are a female hater!! Sorry but you suck!

    • gabbyK bak
    • March 26, 2017

    Why your logic is wrong? Hahahahhaha because males totally run the media and own more media companies? Lol. Why don't you do more research and stats…

    • kayla h
    • March 26, 2017

    This was a very good documentary, very interesting. It seems that this would be effective in preventing many of the challenges and problems that you discussed. Now I'm left with the question of what can someone who has already put themself and their child in this situation do now to make up for some of this? Is it just too late? Do we lose hope for our kids because we cannot go back in time? Is there a way to move forward when a child is already in a single mom household that relies on welfare? Please respond if you have answers that don't imply that one can go back in time or have any control over the other parent.

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