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What Doesn’t Have To Kill Us

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Don’t take your body to the doctor as if

he were a repair shop.  ~Quentin Regestein

 

Back in the early 1900s, you would have been

considered very lucky to live to the age of 50.

The most likely reason for your death would

have been an infectious disease like pneumonia,

tuberculosis, or diarrhea and enteritis.

Now it’s 2013, and the average life expectancy

in the U.S. is 78 or 79, and with most infectious

disease under control, what’s killing is now

is our lifestyles.

Are We Healthier Now?

The leading causes of death now are

heart disease, cancer, chronic lower

respiratory disease, and stroke.

Chronic diseases develop slowly, often

due to poor nutrition, lack of exercise,

poor stress management, smoking and

use of alcohol and other drugs that cause

side effects that affect the immune system.

We no longer have to worry about dying from

infectious diseases as much as we do from

diseases that result from lifestyle habits that

we have (some) control over.

No “Blaming The Victim”

We walk a fine line in saying we have some

control over the disease that we get.  It is not

fair to blame anyone with a medical condition

for their problems and not every chronic disease

sufferer has made unhealthy lifestyle choices.

We don’t want to blame anyone for getting sick,

but we want to emphasize that there are things

people can do to decrease the odds of ending up

with some chronic diseases.

Empowering the Patient

To the extent that chronic disease can be

prevented, it can give all of us hope that

the choices we make every day can have a

positive impact on our long-term health picture.

When you know that the top four reasons

why you are likely to end up in a hospital or

die are from chronic diseases that you can

have an impact in preventing through taking

better care of yourself, it can be empowering!

There is actually a reason to improve your

nutrition, get some exercise, stop smoking,

and practice good stress management…your life.

Is that a good enough reason?

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