eagermuscle saidInteresting, epidemiological evidence is showing that the more we diet, exercise and take care of ourselves coupled with medical advances prolonging our lives means we're all dying harder. It used to be you'd drop dead of a heart attack or stroke. These days more people are having their deaths painfully prolonged on feeding tubes. Makes that pint of Hagan Daaz look better, doesn't it?
The changes that you cite are largely due to advances in medical technology, and not to more dieting, exercise, and healthier lifestyles.
Even people who 20 years ago would have died suddenly from a heart attack or a stroke are "dying harder
...having their deaths painfully prolonged on feeding tubes", respirators, etc.
Many more people in the community (including not only "first responders" like EMTs, police, and firefighters, but adults without any other medical training) know how to do CPR. Medical and surgical ntervention within the first 12-24 hours (e.g., with catheters and drugs that open clogged arteries in the heart and elsewhere) have increased the survival rates of those who would otherwise have "dropped dead".
I'm not arguing against diet, exercise and healthier lifestyles. I'm just saying that we are all more likely to die "harder".
If you haven't written a living will yet and discussed it with your family (basically, what kinds of interventions would be acceptable to you, for how long, and under what circumstances), you should start thinking about it. Even young people without any chronic illness could suffer severe trauma in an accident and suddenly be in critical condition in an ICU.
One good tool to start with is a document called "5 Wishes", available for download from the Internet in .pdf format.