According to government figures, childhood immunization saves $10.00 for every $1.00 of government funding. This is a worthy goal but pales in comparison to potential savings through anti-aging medicine – exercise.
Exercise is the closest thing to an anti-aging pill that exists. People who are physically fit, eat a healthy, balanced diet, and take nutritional supplements can measure out to be 10-20 years biologically younger than their chronological age.
The lifetime costs of two children severely crippled by polio far exceed all the government monies spent on anti-aging research per year.
If anti-aging medicine could delay admission to nursing homes by one month, the U.S. health care system would save $3 billion per year.
In the United States, as many as 250,000 deaths per year are attributable in part to a lack of regular physical activity.
Calories: at age 70 a person needs 500 fewer calories per day to maintain body weight.
Body fat: the average 65-year old sedentary woman’s body is 43% fat compared to 25% at age 25. Convert fat into muscle by exercising.
Blood pressure: most Americans see an increase in blood pressure with age. Exercise can control this.
Temperature: the body’s ability to regulate temperature declines with age. Control factors are regular exercise and healthy diet.
Bone density: bones lose mineral content and become weaker with age. Control factors are proper calcium and stress exercise.
Aerobic capacity: the body’s efficient use of oxygen declines by 30-40 percent by age 65. Regular aerobic exercise can prevent this decline.
The National Institute on Aging reported that if the onset of Alzheimer’s disease could be delayed by 5 years, the nation would save $40 billion per year.