The scientific evidence has shown us over the years that your lifestyle choices, whether good ones or bad ones, have a very significant effect on how healthy you live, whether or not you develop diseases, and in some, when you die.
Most of us know the bad habits, such as smoking, living on junk food, and excessive alcohol consumption, and we often make concerted efforts to curb those activities. However, most of don't realize just how much control we have over whether or not we become obese, or develop the chronic and degenerative disease killers such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Most people interested in improving their health and preventing disease are happy to learn that "clean living" – making lifestyle changes that promote health, are the same to optimize health and prevent all of the chronic, degenerative, and often deadly diseases mentioned above.
From the American Cancer Society website, one can find some valuable information regarding lifestyle suggestions to reduce the risk of cancers. You will also find these messages:
"More than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests."
"One third of all cancer deaths are related to diet and activity factors. Let's challenge ourselves to lose some extra pounds, increase our physical activity, make healthy food choices, limit alcohol, and look for ways to make our communities healthier places to live, work, and play."
The following study, among many others, showed that lifestyle changes can be very useful in preventing diabetes:
Lifestyle Intervention for Prediabetes Is Successful
Miriam E. Tucker
Mar 21, 2013
A community-based diabetes-prevention program produced significant reductions in blood glucose and body mass index (BMI) among individuals with prediabetes, while also reducing costs at 2 years.
The findings, from the randomized Healthy Living Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes (HELP PD) study, were published online March 18 in 2 papers in a special diabetes-prevention supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Taken together, the new results suggest that "lifestyle interventions are very effective and can be delivered in an affordable manner in the community," David C. Goff Jr, MD, PhD, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, principal investigator for both studies, told Medscape Medical News.
The following results from this study outline the effectiveness of lifestyle changes in preventing the risks for diabetes.
Outcomes Analysis: Intervention Reduced Weight, BMI, and Blood Glucose
In the outcomes analysis, published with lead author Jeffrey A. Katula, PhD, from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at 2 years, the lifestyle-intervention group experienced significantly greater reductions compared with controls in weight (-4.19 kg), BMI (-1.4), waist circumference (-3.23 cm), fasting glucose (-4.35 mg/dL), and weight-loss percentage (-4.59%) (P < .001 for all). They also had greater decreases in insulin resistance (P = .006).
CARDIOVASCULAR (Heart) DISEASE
From the American Heart Association website, you will find suggestions to help you reduce your risks for heart disease, strokes, and related conditions. (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG) :
See some of these below:
Engage in daily physical activity.
Regular physical activity relieves mental and physical tension. Physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.
Research has shown that getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 or more days of the week can help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and keep your weight at a healthy level. But something IS better than nothing. If you're doing nothing now, start out slow. Even 10 minutes at a time may offer some health benefits. Studies show that people who have achieved even a moderate level of fitness are much less likely to die early than those with a low fitness level.
The American Heart Association recommends that heart attack prevention begin by age 20.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States.Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death in the United States.
Of all people with high blood pressure, over 20 percent are unaware of their condition. This symptomless disease could leave them with substantial health consequences.
Consider these statistics regarding those with known HBP:
69.1 percent are under current treatment
30.9 percent are not currently under treatment, even though they know their blood pressure is high
Many studies show that lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating healthy and increasing physical activity can dramatically reduce the progression of type 2 diabetes and are important to controlling type 1 diabetes. These lifestyle changes can help minimize other risk factors as well, such as high blood pressure and blood cholesterol, which can have a tremendous impact on people with diabetes.
The DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM at Fremont Chiropractic Group relies on information from these trusted sources when developing their disease prevention programs. This program is custom tailored for each individual and includes the following:
7. LABORATORY ANALYSES of your blood will be recommended initially and will include a BASIC METABILIC PANEL. This will help us monitor laboratory signs of METABOLIC SYNDROME (SYNDROME X). Your VITAMIN D level will be tested and tests for sugar metabolism, such as Hb1ac, will be included. Your homocystene level, and CRP(cardiac) level will be tested. This will help us determine you current risk factors for some diseases. Some individuals, depending on your particular health challenges, will be recommended additional tests, such as hormone panels, depending on your needs. For serious hormone deficiencies or suspected serious pathology, a referral to the appropriate medical specialist will be made.
8. ANTI-AGING is frequently requested as part of a HEALTH IMPROVEMENT and DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM. You will happy to learn that all of the lifestyle changes above are the same as those commonly recommended for ANTI-AGING. Chiropractic care can help reduce some forms of spinal arthritis and improve nerve function in some patients. Nutritional changes, weight loss, and dietary supplementation, are providing in this program and is another staple of any anti-aging program. A referral to a hormone balancing medical specialist will be made if hormone replacement therapy for men or women is suspected to be necessary or desirable.
This DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM is only appropriate for individuals seriously committed to improving their health status and preventing disease. Those that follow through with this program can almost certainly enjoy a better health status now, and a more healthy life in the future, based on the scientific evidence available on this subject.