I was recently assigned to a new primary care physician.
After two visits and some pretty exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing “fairly well” for my age.
A little concerned about that comment, I couldn’t resist asking him, “Do you think I will live to be 80?”
He asked,”Well, do you smoke tobacco or drink beer or wine?”
“Oh no”, I replied. “I’ve never done either””
Then he asked, “Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?”
I said “No, I’ve heard that all red meat is very unhealthy!”
“Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like when you are playing golf, sailing, ballooning or rock climbing?”
“No, I don’t”, I said.
He said, “Do you gamble, drive fast cars, sexually fool around or do any other crazy things?”
“No Doctor”, I said. “I’ve never done anything crazy like that”.
He looked at me with a puzzled expression and said, “Then why do you care if you live to be 80?”
I guess if you think about it, he’s got a valid point there.
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