National Geographic : 1937 Mar
The "Prime of Life" OU may have read that the average length of life has risen from 49 to more than 60 years since the beginning of the century. You may not know that the greater part of this extension in the length of life from birth is due to gains in mor tality at the younger ages. For those who have passed 40, conditions are much the same as they were. The period from 40 to 60 years should be the "prime of life" when mental powers are high. The majority of the deaths which occur in this period are caused by chronic diseases of the heart and arteries, Bright's disease, cerebral hemorrhage, cancer or dia betes. Of these, heart disease is responsible for more deaths than any other cause. While your doctor will not offer any medi cine to soften arteries that are becoming brittle, or to rebuild your heart, he can do a great deal to help you to lengthen your own life. He can do what you can't-he can, almost literally, look inside your body. ne nm+ Pin mm With the fluoroscope and X-ray,with chem ical and other function tests he can observe your vital organs in action and can tell you their strength or weakness. Unselfish men and women who try to give all they can to their families or their work, and people who are ambitious to reach a certain goal often neglect their health. Chronic invalids are more likely to seek medical advice and to follow it faithfully than are vigorous men and women who scoff at being coddled, and who often race past physical danger signs. A great scientist said recently, "We know how to lengthen the lives of our children. We must learn how to persuade people past 40 to get the benefit of what modern science can do for those of their age." To everyone interested in prolonging life, the Metropolitan will gladly send its book let, "Taking Your Bearings." Address Booklet Department 337-N. Keep Healthy-Be Examined Regularly METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER . ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. . LEROY A. LINCOLN Chairman of the Board Copyright, 1937, by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company President "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."