I recently picked a new primary care physician.
After two visits and 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’ll live to be 80?”
He asked, “Well, do you smoke tobacco or drink beer/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 playing golf, sailing, ballooning, or rock climbing ?”
“No, I don’t,” I said.
He said, “Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or sensual fool around?”
“No,” I said. “I’ve never done any of those things.”
He looked at me and said, “Then why do you care if you live to be 80?”