To Your Health: Why Americans Are Dying Younger?

Dr. Alan Safdi, a world-renowned internist and gastroenterologist with encyclopedic knowledge of mind-body wellness and preventative medicine, posts on Telluride Inside… and Out under the banner of “To Your Health.” His blogs feature the most current information in his field: health, wellness, and longevity.

Winter and summer 2020, Dr. Alan is offering 14 seminars to medical professionals. Also this summer, he returns with his popular Live Longer Retreat wellness intensives. For all programs, go  to his Telluride Longevity Institute website or sign up by calling 1-877-448-5416.

This week, Dr. Alan talks about some alarming statistics. Death rates have been rising over the past decade for young and middle-aged adults, driving down overall life expectancy in the United States for three consecutive years, according to a study published December 17 that looked at the past six decades of mortality data.

Medicine men.

According to the study:

“After decades of rising life expectancy among Americans, average life expectancy is now going down in the United States. The reason? An increasing number of deaths among American working-age adults (aged 25 to 64 years) — a trend that began years ago.

“Working-age Americans are more likely to die in the prime of their lives,” said lead author Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, director emeritus, Center on Society and Health, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA. “For employers, this means that their workforce is dying prematurely, impacting the US economy. More importantly, this trend means that children are losing their parents and our children are destined to live shorter lives than us.”

But, why are more Americans dying so young?

For insights, listen to Dr. Alan’s podcast.


Dr. Alan Safdi is board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Gastroenterology and is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. A proven leader in the healthcare arena, he has been featured on the national program, “Medical Crossfire” and authored or co-authored numerous medical articles and abstracts. Safdi has been involved in grant-based and clinical research for 30+ years and is passionate about disease prevention and wellness, not just fixing what has gone wrong. He is an international lecturer on the subjects of wellness, nutrition and gastroenterology.

And back by popular demand, this summer, in partnership with the Peaks’ Spa, Dr. Safdi returns with his three, week-long wellness intensives titled Live Longer Retreat.

Again, using an evidence-based, scientific approach to health and longevity and featuring an experienced staff of medical professionals, personal trainers, Pilates and yoga instructors, dietitians, and chefs, the focus is on your unique wellness profile. Each Live Longer Retreat is one-of-kind in the U.S. Those intensives, limited to only 10 – 15 participants, will include personal consultations, hiking, spinning, yoga, Pilates, talks and demonstrations related to nutrition, cooking classes, and more.

Go here to read a review of the experience by one very satisfied participant.


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