Our most common and difficult to treat diseases, which are responsible for the majority of deaths and disability in our country, are strongly related to our lifestyle. The good news is that the choices we make related to such things as what we eat, how physically active we are, how must stress we experience, how well we sleep, and how we keep engaged in meaningful activity, can help us enjoy longer and more productive lives.
In Dr Michael Greger’s video, “How Not to Die,” he discusses the science of how diet can prevent, arrest and even reverse our top 15 killers. This is well worth watching when you have some time. (1 hr 22 min)
You can also click on the links below to learn more about how our lifestyle affects specific health conditions:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis)
- Ulcers/Acid Reflux/Heartburn (dyspepsia)
- Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction-MI)
- Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident-CVA), Transient Ischemic Attack-TIA (Mini-stroke)
- Peripheral Vascular Disease-PVD (blocked arteries in legs or abdomen)
High Blood Sugar (glucose)
- Insulin Resistance (causes , and saturated fats, and obesity)
- Diabetes (Type 2) (causes 1, causes 2, causes 3 (meat), causes 4 (eggs), causes 5 (fish)
- Diabetes (Type 1) (causes 1 (milk), causes 2 (milk), causes 3 (milk), causes 4 (meat), causes 5 (meat) )
Hypertension (high blood pressure) (general information)
- Dementia/Alzheimer’s: (Dementia-Lifestylefacts.org)(Dementia-Nutritionfacts.org)
- Neuropathy (nerve pain, dysfunction)
- Fibromyalgia (Chronic Pain Syndrome)
- Chronic Fatigue
Pulmonary (lung) Disease
- ADD/Attention issues: (ADD-Lifestylefacts.org)(Treating ADHD w/ exercise)
- Sleep Issues/Insomnia: (Sleep-Lifestylefacts.org)(Insomnia-Nutritionfacts.org)
For a big picture view of the key components of a healthy lifestyle, go to the Lifestyle Steps Overview page.
Print the Lifestyle Tests page to help identify where you may currently have lifestyle related health risks.
Print the Lifestyle Questions page to help explore your lifestyle behaviors and other health risks.
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