[quote]Zack Nelson wrote:
Life expectancy in the USA in 1900 for men was about 46 years of age, and by 1925 was about mid 50’s. So living into his 50’s was living about 10-12% longer than average - or at least he lived the full life expectancy for the time. Some speculate Sandow had syphilis. Syphilis is cured with penicillin which was not invented for a few years after his death. Plus the diagnosis of syphilis was probably a bit unreliable back then - as was medical care in general. So did he have it, did he not have it? If he had it they had no good treatments for it. The inflammation of syphilis does increase the risk of stroke.
But in any regards he lived longer than was average, or at least was average, for a male at the time. It would be hard to argue his training hurt him at all. He was an old man, by the standards of the day, and was probably more vigorous than most - he was more vigorous than most 50 somethings by todays standards[/quote]
Life expectancy does not work that way,
Their average life expectancy was lower because a lot of children died.
Even today you have a much higher individual life expectancy once you hit 60 than average because if you have made it so far you will likely make it past 80.