Disease or wellness, you get to decide

  1. Health care cost have risen 17.5% per year since 1970. That is a huge increase.  What do we have to show for it?
  2. US mortality rate is the highest of all comparable countries.
  3. Hospital admissions for preventable diseases are more frequent in the US than in comparable countries.
  4. Studies estimate that 106,000 US residents die annually due to adverse drug reactions.
  5. 6,000 Americans die each year due to workplace accidents.

These are stunning statistics, yet we as a nation do very little in the way of preventative measures for sickness and disease.   There are some people who are aware of the limits of main stream medicine, but as a nation, we need to wake up and demand that our healthcare providers do more for us.

Did you know that most diseases are preventable?   The leading causal factor in disease is waist measurement.  It has been proven that obesity is a huge predictor of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  If you asked most Americans what their BMI was, you would probably encounter blank stares.  No one talks about weight, waist size or BMI (body mass index) because it is politically incorrect to ‘fat-shame’ people.    I am not talking about shaming people who are heavy, but we must not go to the other extreme and ignore what is squarely in plain view.

Body Mass Index is a key factor in health.  The CDC states: The prevalence of adult BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (obese status) has greatly increased since the 1970s. Recently, however, this trend has leveled off, except for older women. Obesity has continued to increase in adult women who are age 60 years and older.

You can find a BMI calculator on line, but here is the formula:  Formula: Calculate BMI by dividing weight in pounds (lbs) by height in inches (in) squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.    A normal BMI for an adult is between 18.5 and 24.9.    If your BMI is greater than thirty, you will be considered obese.   When you are obese, you have double the risk of developing diabetes.   Once you develop diabetes, you have a four times greater chance of developing cancer.

Lifestyle choices are the number one predictor of disease.  Exercise, healthy eating and rest are choices.   Drinking, smoking, and poor food consumption are also choices.  Personally, I look into the future and imagine what life will be like in 20 years.  Because I want to have a good life in my 80s, I make good choices now.    I don’t want to wake up one day and wish I had lived differently when I was younger.

These diseases are preventable: congestive heart failure, asthma, diabetes.  In our clinic, we have seen these diseases disappear, verified by doctor’s reports and lab work.   Change can happen, all you have to do is decide to do it.   I do not want to see myself or those in my community become a statistic as listed above.  It is time for us as a community to demand better of our medical system.  It is time to go against the status quo that says that you are doing pretty well ‘for your age.’    Aging and its effects can be stalled with the right foods, exercise and mindset.

Until next time,

Dr. Polly



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