There's a lot to love about living in the southeast--earlier springs, friendly people, rolling green hills and sandy white beaches. But in the 11-state area generally referred to as the Stroke Belt, there is also a downside.
Thanks to screenings, labs, vaccines, imaging and earlier interventions, many of us who, in previous generations, would have died in middle age from heart or lung disease, cancer, infections or a host of other disorders are living well into old age.
A funeral can teach you a lot about yourself, especially a family funeral where you see the toll of time on a room full of relatives you haven't seen in years.
"Nature was good at selecting for traits that helped us survive from infancy to reproductive age. After that, it didn't concern itself much with helping to develop genes to stay healthy and live a long life," Steven N. Austad, PhD, Chair of the Department of Biology at UAB, said.
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