So, for example, something like obesity: obesity increases your risk for cardiovascular disease and premature mortality through a lot of different pathways. Certainly your diet and exercise is important…. Your diet is affected by your access to information. How much information you have about what constitutes a healthy diet is affected by your availability of money to purchase a higher quality food and more fruits and vegetables. And even your access to those types of foods in your neighborhood, your ability to have transportation to get to those stores. Exercise is also critically important and related to obesity, but your ability to exercise is related to neighborhood safety. And some places, it is not a safe neighborhood to be out walking in, jogging after work.
Life expectancy is also important for retirement planning . Retiring workers arrange their retirement plans based on a prediction of how long they expect themselves to live. While most individuals or couples employ a planner to assist them in their retirement planning, personal, rather than statistical, life expectancy is a major factor in the character of a retirement plan. When couples are planning for retirement (or for annuity payments) they often use a joint life expectancy, in which they take the life expectancy of their partner (who may become the beneficiary of a retirement fund or annuity plan) into account as well.
Patients with primary amyloidosis who have reasonable underlying health can be treated with a cancer chemotherapy medication ( melphalan [ Alkeran ]) in conjunction with bone-marrow stem-cell transplantation. These treatments attack the abnormal plasma cells in the bone marrow that are causing the primary amyloidosis. The results have been promising, and this combination treatment is offered to eradicate the amyloidosis in selected patients, provided that the underlying medical condition of the patient is adequate. These aggressive treatment options with stem-cell transplantation and high doses of chemotherapy are a true breakthrough in the treatment of patients with this form of amyloidosis.