Unformatted text preview: causes of death in the United States; they are, diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, stroke, obesity, dementia, and cancer. While each of these ailments can be treated to a greater or lesser extent, death from some ailment or catastrophic event is inevitable. Good nutrition, medications, appropriate exercise and genetics can all prolong life, but only to a certain degree. Geriatricians often focus on quality of life rather than procedures to prolong it. The general idea is to enjoy what is left of life, instead of dragging it out with painful procedures and uncomfortable final years....
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- Spring '09
- Gerontology, Dr. Sherwin Nuland