You and you alone have a choice, a choice to be healthy or sick.
And this choice is independent of the hand your parents dealt you. Unfortunately, many Americans are making poor lifestyle choices. We are the second- fattest country in the world despite having the easiest access to gyms and fitness facilities. We are sending our genes the wrong messages. Not unexpectedly, chronic diseases run rampant.
I challenge each and every one of you to take control. To take matters into your own hands and prevent age-related disease.
How? By first identifying the disease risk factors listed below.
Disease risk factors
- Physical inactivity
- Insulin resistance (IR)
- Hormone imbalance
- Nutritional and vitamin deficiency
- Unchecked stress
Often acting in concert, these disease risk factors in the presence of bodily inflammation, exert deleterious effects on the body, culminating in DISEASE. Preventable, non-communicable disease (NCD). These include type II diabetes mellitus, degenerative disease of the spine, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) with ultimate progression to Alzheimer’s disease, coronary artery disease and even cancer.
Yes, as many as 90-95 percent of all types of cancers have their roots in the environment and lifestyle. As noted in a study published in Pharmacology Research, a respected, mainstream medical journal, “The evidence indicates that of all cancer-related deaths, almost 25–30 percent are due to tobacco, as many as 30–35 percent are linked to diet, about 15–20 percent are due to infections, and the remaining percentage are due to other factors like radiation, stress, physical activity, environmental pollutants, etc.”
This is good news! Why? Because you have the power and the ability to alter your health for the better. There is no pre-determinism. There is no genetic destiny (except in the context of congenital disease). You simply have to identify the underpinnings of age-related disease early and then intervene. Thankfully, current technology affords a myriad of tests that allow us to identify (and quantify) these risk factors. We can use the results to establish a baseline, intervene and reassess. Test, modify and retest, in the context of health maintenance.