How long do we really want to live?

Judith Wills / 13 October 2015

Why the recipe for longevity would leave our diet expert without much appetite for such a long life.

Why are we all panicking so much about the fact that our high sugar intake is apparently killing us?  Looked at logically, it isn't.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we're living much longer than any of our ancestors and even than our own parents, so we must be doing something right.

And now several different organisations and specialists have been busy announcing that actually, it won't be long at all before we can all expect to make it to well over 100 with no bother at all. 

A speaker at the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference claimed that youngsters today should be be able to carry on working until they're 100, and live to 120-plus.

While Professor Alex Zhavoronkov, a scientist at the Biogerontology Research Foundation goes much, more more optimistic than that, and claims that 150 is more like it. Admittedly, he does have a book – The Ageless Generation – to promote but even so, he's trying his best to lead by example, eating frugally, exercising all hours and having no sex, which, he reckons is a sure way to shorten your life, as is having possessions and families.

Even that fairly staid and conservative body, the World Health Organisation, said that living to 100 should be the norm.

Oh, I don't know. Do we really honestly all want to live so long? And if we do, what will happen about the world food shortage problem and the lack of housing, not to mention how are we all going to get an old age pension?

And without the sex and relationships and possessions isn't it all going to seem like 200 years rather than 100 or 150? 

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