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Your body wasn’t built to last: a lesson from human mortality rates « Gravity and Levity
"This is the Gompertz law, in cartoon form: your body is deteriorating over time at a particular rate. When its “internal policemen” are good enough to patrol every spot that might contain a criminal 14 times a day, then you have the body of a 25-year-old and a 0.03% chance of dying this year. But by the time your police force can only patrol every spot 7 times per day, you have the body of a 95-year-old with only a 2-in-3 chance of making it through the year."
biology  age  aging  science  statistics  explanation  health  death  longevity  mortality 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Living Longer Comes With a Physical Cost - NYTimes.com
"As a result, a 20-year-old man today can expect to live about a year longer than a 20-year-old in 1998, but will spend 1.2 years more with a disease, and 2 more years unable to function normally."
age  longevity  demography  health  medicine  cost 
december 2010 by tsuomela

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