State of Things
11:07 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Rethinking Aging

Dr. Nortin Hadler

Dr. Nortin Hadler says the human body has an end date – about 85 years old – and thinking you’re going to live much beyond that is mostly wishful thinking. But the health care industry wants to convince you otherwise, he says. They want you getting heart bypass surgery in your 80s, being treated for cancers that won’t kill you and worrying about a host of problems that aren’t as dangerous as they seem.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Hadler, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about his new book ''Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society'' (UNC Press/2011).


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