Want to know how to prevent these age-related diseases?
The power of habits.
Age related illnesses do not suddenly occur when we get older. They compound daily, weekly, and monthly until we notice their existence at the end of one year, five years or a decade.
Age related illness is something you may not think about now because it develops over a long period. This means when you finally realize what’s wrong, it may be too late to reverse its destructive effects.
That is why a game changer is absolutely mandatory.
I believe humans go on living their lives the way they do until something dramatic happens to their health.
If life “feels” fine there is no need to change anything. Only during life’s crises do people change dramatically.
We are addicted to habits:
Whether we are watching too much TV, opting to sit instead of walk, eating rich foods with friends or worrying more than not, we are addicted to behavioral habits that are embedded into our personalities, traditions and lifestyles.
Of course some habits are good, others are not so good.
Why are we addicted to habits?
The power of habits:
Our complex and sophisticated minds have the capacity to create and produce great things. Look at the cathedrals from centuries ago. Look at books like the Iliad or Lord Of The Rings. Look at the monstrous highways around the world. To be able to complete these masterpieces humans needed to develop huge plans that would get the jobs done. These plans are made up of a multitude of actions. These actions eventually turn into habits that yield progress and final results. We humans have created and built amazing things since the beginning of civilization. That is what sets us apart from animals. Our habits consistently meet long-term goals.
Some habits have also trapped us into lifestyles that may not be good for us in the future. Then why are we addicted to bad habits? Because their attractive nature in the moment blinds us from their potential long term self-destructive effects. For example, sugar feels good when we eat it now but it will affect us negatively if we continue its consumption for over a long period of time.
So even though we may consciously know that some of our habits are bad for us, it may be difficult to change them. We get stuck. We love familiarity. We fear change. This is our downfall and probably one of the reasons humans destroy their health and their environment.
First step to addiction is to accept you have an addiction:
It takes one brave step outside of yourself to observe what is going on. Questions to ask yourself are: what am I doing to my body? What am I doing to my mind? How am I affecting the people around me? Do I have an addiction I need to change? Am I on the right path? Where will this road take me? What are my bad habits?
Better yet, how have I changed within the last year? The last six months? Do I look and feel better? If so, why or why not?
Aging: first it is very important to face the fact that you are aging. You don’t have to like it. Just accept it. Yes, you are getting older. Yes your body is changing. Yes, your mind is changing. Yes, your priorities are changing. Be aware of old habits. You can continue living the life you are living without changing bad habits or you can try to change a few things to thrive.
The risk of developing many diseases increases dramatically with age. Being aware ahead of time and taking action are the first remedies.
The major age-related preventable killers:
You are not powerless!
- Some cancers: research suggests that between 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are hereditary. The Canadian Cancer Society says out of the remaining 90 percent to 95 percent of cancers, 50 percent are preventable like breast cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer among many others.
- Stroke: high blood pressure is the biggest contributor to the risk of stroke.
- Heart Disease: one of every three deaths in America is from cardiovascular disease. It is the second leading cause of death in Canada.
- Diabetes: is the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure among adults if not treated. Type 2 diabetes creeps up on people taking years to develop as they age.
- Osteoporosis: otherwise known as the “silent thief” because it is creeps up without symptoms until a person effortlessly breaks a bone.
- Depression: as we age, we may feel limited by impaired hearing, vision and other health-related issues. The death of friends and family members can make us feel lonely. The things we enjoyed doing before may not be easily available to us anymore.
Some diseases are hereditary.
Studies have shown that only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are hereditary and from the remaining cancers caused by unhealthy lifestyles, around 50 percent of them are preventable. These statistics are so hopeful and inspiring. When we know that we can have control over our future it motivates us into action. Action to make the necessary changes.
The analogy of the three balls:
I have three balls juggling in front of you. One of them is a ball representing money and it is made up of rubber. The other is a ball representing relationships and it is made up of rubber. The last one represents health and it is made up of glass. If the rubber balls representing money and relationships drop, they will bounce back up. If the ball of glass drops it will shatter into pieces. Our health becomes very fragile if we do not nurture it.
All age related diseases have these similar preventable guidelines:
- Education is not just for the sake of knowledge but for the sake of awareness. Think of the saying, “out of sight, out of mind”. If we do not bring health to our attention we will not think about it and therefore we will ignore it. Education brings forth awareness and awareness keeps us interested and engaged.
- Action! The decision to act is the best decision a human being can do. Act out of fear, fear of death. Act out of hope, hope for a better quality of life.
- Creating New Habits: don’t stop until these new habits are programmed into your brain. Changing your life is very challenging. Know this and accept it. The beautiful secret is in the perseverance. There is a dynamic transition happening between the replacement of old habit and new habits. It is an uncomfortable shift. With hope, belief and perseverance, the new habits become the new normal and everything feels good again.
- Exercise! Whether you like it or not do it. If you are not doing it you will absolutely hate it at first which is why it’s good to have help at first. Join a club that cares about your health. Do it with a buddy which will be more fun. Hire a personal trainer to get you started. The beginning will be hard but with the consistency of exercising three times a week you will feel absolutely amazing after three weeks, guaranteed! I promise you it will be one of the best choices you will ever make.
- 3 x 3 Nutrition Rule: to make it less stressful and easy for you, just add 3 good things to your lifestyle. That is all. Don’t remove anything. Removing is stressful when you force it. The secret is ADDING. I suggest adding these 3 healthy choices: a seasonal salad a day, drinking 1 liter of water a day, and reflecting/meditating or praying. This will get you started on the right path. What you will notice is that in time you will WILLINGLY remove some bad stuff from your life.
- Find a community: place yourself in a culture centered around health and well being. Who you surround yourself with plays an impact on your habits and mindset. Being around healthy, fun and exciting people will keep you motivated.
Aging is inevitable but manageable. Who wants to live a life suffering chronic pains? No one.
Did you find this article innovative? If so you can also read my article “Why shorter telomeres equal to aging” where I write how the ends of our chromosomes hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer.
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