It so appears I have been writing a lot about similar topics as of late…perhaps I should keep track of this a little bit better….
Or maybe I am just that passionate about the topic of being present and breathing and doing our best. I think it is a testament to the fact that it is a continual challenge to do all of these things on a daily basis.
I will try to keep better track of my topics….
Part of my new plan for this blog is to provide education to you about self-care and prevention of illness. My intent here is not to offend anyone or tell you how to live your life. It is simply to provide real, concrete information from my own experience and research so that you may make informed choices.
I see a good portion of our population in the hospital on a daily basis. These patients are often suffering from more than one chronic disease and the complications that have arisen, but perhaps could have been prevented. What I find in many of my conversations with patients is one of three things:
1. People are not fully understanding the extent to which their chronic disease could affect their health, length of life and quality of life AND that properly managing and/or preventing the disease can have massive impacts on the previously mentioned factors.
2. People ARE understanding, but don’t know how or don’t have the tools to make the changes they want to make.
3. People understand the impacts of their disease and do not want their lives to be any different.
Of the top 10 causes of death in the United States as reported by the Centers for Disease Control, 6 are related to chronic diseases and their complications. These are:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Respiratory Disease
Yes, these disease have some genetic and environmental components that are out of our control. However, they all also have risk factors that we can control to decrease our risk of getting them through lifestyle and annual visits to healthcare providers. AND some of them are closely linked to others– such as diabetes significantly increasing our risk for having heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
I won’t dive in to any specific topics this week, but this is where I am heading in upcoming posts. I will continue to post tools to help you all in making lifestyle changes should you so choose including recipes, workout tips and ways to be your best self. Life is already challenging and stressful on a daily basis. There are so many parts of our days that cannot be controlled, but we still have the power of choice. Everyday is a new day to make the best choices you can for yourself that could positively impact the rest of your life.
If there is any particular health-related topic you are interested in learning about, please comment~
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become”
-Carl Jung, psychiatrist
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2017). Leading causes of death. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm