Fewer Pills, Longer Life

Despite what the drug companies say, pills aren't the solution to a longer life. A new study shows exercising, not smoking, and healthy eating are what really work

How can we live longer, healthier lives? Judging from the bombardment of advertisements, the answer is pharmacology. There are pills to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, ward off osteoporosis, fight sadness, induce sleep, even improve sex. And overall, Americans have bought into the idea that drugs are essential. The average American now gets 12 prescriptions a year. For the elderly the number jumps to 30.

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