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Is It Time To Hang Up Our Fins?

If you’re in shape, 80 is the new 60

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As we get older, we gain more life experience, but our fitness inevitably declines. A paper by Michael B. Strauss, MD, Jeremy A. Busch, DPM and Stuart Miller, MD, recently published in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical magazine, helps us to ponder the question of when, indeed, we should hang up our fins.

The authors make the point: It is essential to appreciate the distinction between chronological and physiological age. Three factors, namely fitness, disease, and mobility and strength, are fundamental when deciding whether to continue scuba diving. We are living longer and want to continue to do things that were once considered inappropriate for our age. Scuba diving is one of these activities.

Chronological age is easy to establish. Physiological age is more akin to the functional (physical and mental) activities that the average person would be doing at a different age. If infirm, for example, the physiological age may be older than the chronological age; if more active, the physiological age may be younger than the chronological age....

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