Are we entering the "Age of Decay"

I was listening to my favorite program last night, BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time. This week was focused on “The Origins of Infectious Disease.” As usual, Melvyn Bragg puts forth a fascinating topic. One of the superb panelists pointed out that we could divide the roughly 200,000 years of H. sapiens into three ages of death: 
The Age of Disaster: Where we often met our demise as we were bitten, impaled, or otherwise devoured.
The Age of Disease: Where we frequently died from various plagues and pestilence as we moved into more closely-packed cities.
The Age of Decay: When, as we began to successfully learn to collectively fight infections, we began to wither away.

While there are obviously dramatic exceptions to this very rough framework, it is really a nice one to begin the discussion, particularly in the context of what might call the plague of decay of our time: diabetes. If so, I would posit, we interested in healing, prevention and mobility are uniquely suited to making a difference.


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