This week, I am coining a new term: vigevity. Self-evidently, perhaps, this is the combination of vitality and longevity. We’ll see whether or not the term catches on. Either way, it is the one health measure to rule them all. It is what truly matters; the prize. We are letting that prize slip away.
We have long known that rates of chronic disease were rising in the U.S. and around much of the world. Far worse than just a rise in the prevalence of chronic diseases — heart disease, dementia, diabetes — is the downward drift in average age of onset. That is perhaps starkest for diabetes.