Longevity Diminishes Quality of Life, Argues Controversial Essay

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In a new controversial essay published in The Atlantic, bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argues that quality of life is often diminished with longevity (living ≥80 years of age) and that he would be content dying at age 75. Dr. Emanuel insists that he is not promoting euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide, but instead the notion that living longer can also mean extreme lifesaving medical interventions that can lengthen the dying process and potentially death without dignity. Others such as Dr. David Agus rebuke this view and advise that preventative care – including healthy eating habits, vaccinations, and lifestyle modifications can decrease the risk of a diminished life with longevity. Regardless of age or life expectancy, healthy habits today can increase your chance of good health in the short- and long-term future.

Longevity Diminishes Quality of Life, Argues Controversial Essay
Longevity Diminishes Quality of Life, Argues Controversial Essay

As a result of advances in science and medicine, humans are living longer than ever. It's hard to believe that at the turn of the last century, the average American life expectancy was just 47. Ezekiel Emanuel argues that longevity -- living into your 80s, 90s and beyond -- often comes at the expense of quality of life.

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