One out of every two Americans has a chronic disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These diseases include heart disease, stroke, obesity, cancer, and arthritis all of which can dramatically impact people’s lives. Seven out of 10 deaths in Americans are from chronic diseases with cancer, heart disease, and stroke accounting for 50% of deaths each year. Billions of dollars are spent annually combating these illnesses once they are diagnosed. Undoubtedly you know someone that has struggled with one of these chronic diseases.
The four most common reversible causes of chronic disease are diet, lack of exercise, tobacco and alcohol. One in five Americans smokes and 17% of Americans admit to binge drinking. One third of adults in the US are obese and over one third of adults do not meet the recommendations for aerobic activity. In this series we discuss eight practical “gifts” for optimal health. These include things like getting adequate rest, exercise, nutrition, water, fresh air, sunshine, being temperate in all things, and trusting in God. These are simple inexpensive gifts that scientists, physicians and others have been recommending to decrease your likelihood of getting disease.
If you want to optimize your health, to decrease the likelihood of a chronic preventable disease, you will find the following Discussions invaluable help. Remember, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Healthy Lifestyle Power-Up: To change your health–change your lifestyle.
Find out specific ways with James L. Gulley, MD, PhD, Chief, Genitourinary Malignancies Branch; Director, Medical Oncology Service, National Cancer Institute. Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 – 8:00 PM on a FREE online event.