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Health span vs. Lifespan: What's the Difference?

Want to know the secret to aging? Age HAPPY! 😊 Normally people think with old age comes the aches, pains, and limited mobility but it doesn't have to be that way! Let's talk about how your Healthspan varies greatly from your Lifespan!

What is your lifespan?

Your lifespan simply put is the number of years you are expected to live on planet earth. However, lifespan is defined as: "The length of time for which a person or animal lives or a thing functions." Life expectancy is a statistical measure of time you're supposed to live based on your current age, sex & the average age of mortality.

what is the average lifespan in america?

So what is a normal lifespan?

Americans in 2021 are estimated to live an average of 76.1 years, while American women are expected to live an average of 81.1 years!

Data from the National Vital Statistics System

Take a look at some of these Key findings on mortality in the United States, 2020 on the CDC's Website

  • Life expectancy for the U.S. population in 2020 was 77.0 years, a decrease of 1.8 years from 2019.

  • The age-adjusted death rate increased by 16.8% from 715.2 deaths per 100,000 standard population in 2019 to 835.4 in 2020.

  • Age-specific death rates increased from 2019 to 2020 for each age group 15 years and over.

  • Nine of the 10 leading causes of death in 2020 remained the same as in 2019, although 5 causes switched rank; heart disease and cancer remained the top 2 leading causes, and COVID-19 became the third leading cause of death in 2020.

  • The infant mortality rate decreased 2.9% in 2020 from 2019 to a record low of 541.9 infant deaths per 100,000 live births.

Health span vs. Lifespan: What's the Difference?

Healthspan goes beyond normal life expectancy. Your Healthspan is how long you live a happy, healthy life. However, something to take note is the definition of "happy & healthy" varies from person to person. Most could agree living free from disease, still having your mobility & being able to do the things you love most can count towards a happy 7 healthy life. When it comes to Health span vs. Lifespan, there's definitely a difference. So what is the average healthspan in the US? The answer is 63 years! That's almost 20 years of life in comparison to the average lifespan.

We live 20% of our life unhealthy and unable to do the things we love.

How to improve your lifespan

How can I improve my healthspan?

You want to feel good inside out for as long as possible! Right? Luckily there are ways to improve your healthspan and bridge that 20% gap. Here are some ways to naturally improve your healthspan:

Start stretching

Stretching plays a key role on whether or not you're going to be able to get around & avoid injuries like falling in your old age. With a normal stretch routine you can drastically improve your: Mobility, Flexibility, Posture, Reduce stress & prevent inhurt.

Eat healthy

Think of your body like a really fancy sports car that only takes premium oil. The more times you pump it with nonpremium oil the engine will start to die.

Spend time with the people you love

Are you playing an active role in your children's or grandchildren's life? If they are home with you make it a point to be more active and involved in their life. If they aren't stop waiting for them to call & pick up the phone and plan something! I know the daily stresses of life can be weighing on new parents or those with small children so make it your mission to make their life easier when you can. Not only will you strengthen the bond with your grandchildren but you will grow closer with your children also.

Get an active hobby

While exercise is an important part of being healthy it can be daunting to drag yourself out of bed to walk on a treadmill. This is why I encourage you to get a hobby you enjoy that just so happens to be active! This way you're doing something you love and the thought of "working out" goes away entirely.

Appreciate your appearance

When you look good you FEEL good! If you've let yourself go over the years try getting back the spark to look your best so you can also feel your best. In the video above Dr. Saurez talks about why she fell in love with the world of aesthetics to make her patients look and feel their best!

Ready to look & feel your best for years to come?

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