Sep 28 2008
WILL I LIVE TO BE 100?
I recently turned 70 and had to choose a new primary care physician for my Medicare program.
After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was
doing ‘fairly well’ for my age.*
A little concerned about that comment, I couldn’t resist
asking him, ‘Do you think I will live to be 100?’
He asked: Do you smoke tobacco or drink alcoholic
‘Oh no,’ I replied. ‘I don’t do drugs, either.’
‘Do you have many friends and entertain frequently?’
‘I said, ‘No, I usually stay home and keep to myself’.
‘Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?’
I said, ‘No, my other doctor said that all red meat is
‘Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf,
sailing, hiking or bicycling?’
‘No, I don’t,’ I said
‘Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?’
‘No,’ I said ‘I don’t do any of those things.’
He looked at me and said, ‘Then why do you give a shit?