“People are predisposed to various diseases based on their way of living and occupational habits. They are preventable, and can be lowered with changes in diet, lifestyle, and environment. Lifestyle diseases characterize those diseases whose occurrence is primarily based on daily habits of people and are a result of an inappropriate relationship of people with their environment. The onset of these lifestyle diseases is insidious, they take years to develop, and once encountered do not lend themselves easily to cure.”
The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer. Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented. Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
And for those who do have diabetes, it should be controlled as much as possible through a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes doubles the risk of liver, pancreas, and endometrial cancer. It increases the risk of colorectal, breast, and bladder cancer by 20% to 50%.
The Facts are Powerful
The facts are startling and powerful and yet despite the evidence and awareness of these risk factors, so many still find it challenging to take a stand for their health. And why is this? A powerful realization made generations ago which is still true to this day is that “the greatest force in the world is our need to remain in line with our self image” which is the driving force of all our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It is not as simply as labeling dangerous behavior as “being lazy or apathetic” as there are numerous powerful internal drivers which unconsciously shape our, which I spoke of in a previous article.
So the work for many is to first to establish a powerful “conscious why” which has the ability to influence our unconscious mind. Yes, it would seem reasonable that we would want to be alive and thrive and not wish early death and disease upon us, but the work to get back starts in the hearts and minds of those struggling with their health, as our poor health is just a symptom of a struggle within.
There are four simple (in theory) things you can do to start reclaiming your life, and you can start today.
1) Write a list of all the things you will get to do, that you currently cannot or shy away from when your health gets better. Be extensive in your list.
2)Write down “who besides you” is affected by your current lifestyle habits? Is it your children, your spouse or lover, it your friends or family?
3) Write down “how” they are affected by your current lifestyle habits. This is uncomfortable but is a powerful realization of how much what we do affects everyone else, it is never just about us.
4) Talk to some one who has a degree of health you think is desirable and or attainable. The likelihood is that not only will they have suggestions that will help you achieve your new health goals, they will be glad to help if you are serious about doing the work.
The first step to a healthier lifestyle is simply deciding that you deserve it and that the effort is worth it for you, your family and whole world. Maybe it is time you stepped up and became the role model in your own life that others will stop you and ask
“how did you do that and can you help me do the same”?
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