Longevity of Life

Even though humans have the genetic potential to live up to 120years or there about in relatively good health,yet there average life expectancy in Africa leaves much to be desired.Sub-Saharan African is even worse. According to the latest data provided by the world health organisation ,there is no single African country among the best 50 countries in the world in terms of longevity.Japan currently ranks Number 1 in the world with the national average life expectancy of 83.7years,closely followed by Switzerland and San Marino at 83.1years.In Africa,Tunisia has the highest national average life expectancy at 76.1years and ranks 57th in the world,a position she shares with Oman. Libya,the second highest in Africa ranks 72nd at 75.3years while Nigeria,the 8th most populous country in the world ranks 183rd at 54.years.Sierra Leone,a west africa country has the lowest national average life expectancy in the world at the moment at 46years.This may not be unconnected with the recent Ebola pandemic that engulfed the country.
What could be responsible for this huge disparity in life expectancy between the developed and developing countries? What is responsible for this poor showing in Africa in general and Nigeria in particular?Are factors genetic or environmental?Is there anything we can do to mitigate the impact of both genetic and environmental factors on our health and longevity and to improve our health statistics and scores in this part of the world?Nigeria generally shares the environmental stressors common to humanity everywhere. What is peculiar to Nigeria is in its combination of stressors,which show a higher concentration of the types that are easily controlled in a well planned and orderly societies. In Nigeria,Latent features of under development worsen this general position.Government’s failure to manage the social and physical environment appropriately compounds the ability of the average Nigerian to cope.Generally,as a man moves further and further away from the nature and natural living,he exposes himself to increasing stressor and stress.Modernity, commerce and technology have seen to that.
However,man is the super mastermind of the state of the planet.He can seize the initiative with disciplined commitment to directing science towards more nature friendly use of the planet or choose not to do so in his own peril.Nigerian is just in the rudimentary the stages of technology adoption but suffers the misfortune of reaping the same degree of miseries found in technologically advanced nations without tools to mitigate its effect in the population.
This places the onus on the individual to seek ways to protect themselves from the ravaging effects of the environment stressors.The ideal would have been for Governments at various levels and Nigerians In general to collaborate to keep the environment safe.Where this is not happening,individual needs to take steps in his own interest. The good news is that each one of us can exercise substantial control over all forms of stressors through a disciplined and sensible application of knowledge. This include knowledge of stressors,preventive steps that could be adopted through lifestyle modifications and dietary adjustments,understanding how to change our perception of issues and challenges and so on .similarly,there are several natural nutritional remedies for keeping the impact of stress at the barest minimum. These are readily available and should be exploited.
The simple do it yourself steps that individual can take by themselves to protect themselves from the negatives impact of environmental and even genetic stressors are what we seek. What we now know is that the external environment of a person can influence and impact the internal environment in significant ways
‪#‎Environment‬ and health conference#Tony Akinyemi(California)


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