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What We Don’t Know, And What We Don’t Change, Are Killing Us!

Updated on November 6, 2016

Think seriously as you read the next 500 words. Your life and happiness could depend on your doing so.

Once in awhile I wish I could sit down with you and share information I have come across that might have a major impact on your health and life expectancy. This is a substitute for some of that conversation.

I want to recommend that you read two magazine articles. They are:

“The Diabetes Epidemic”, pp. 59-69, U. S. News & World Report, June 25, 2001

A 2001 People Magazine, issue having Princess Diana’s photo on the cover, had an excellent article on “Cholesterol” describing the role of LDLs, HDLs, and Triglycerides and what you can do to get the balance optimum to your health.

This morning I read again an AP article of June 26, 2001 on the leading causes of death in the United States in 1999 (then the most current figures). Heart disease, cancer, and stroke topped the list. Cholesterol levels relate to heart disease and stroke. Just as there are many different cancers, there are many different risk factors for all our leading causes of premature death, among them are diet, exercise, smoking, pollutants, and known carcinogens (such as sodium nitrite when found in preserved meats such as hot dogs, cold cuts, etc.---check the ingredients).

Each of the top three causes of death in the U.S. declined in 1999, but deaths related to being overweight/obese were showing dramatic increases as early as 1998

AND, diabetes deaths had increased by 3% in as little as one year; Alzheimer’s deaths were increasing; and, while HIV infection rates were down significantly from 1996 rates, they remained the leading cause of death for black males ages 25-44.

Today most Americans remain increasingly inactive, increasingly overweight, and not coincidentally increasingly prone to diabetes at all ages. More than 180,000 American deaths per year are directly attributable to diabetes! And, the cost to all Americans for the medical care needed by those suffering with heart/circulatory, cancer, stroke, diabetes, HIV infections, and Alzheimer’s diseases would be the entire GNP for most countries!

What can you and I do?

First: be better informed. Again I suggest you find and read the two articles I have mentioned perhaps on the worldwide web which can also lead you to a wealth of today’s current information.

Second: ACT!

Why is it that when we know something is bad for us, we don’t avoid it?

Why is it that when we know something is good for us, we don’t incorporate it into our life?

Yes, “old habits are hard to change.”

Our old habits are killing us. They must be changed.

Ask any person suffering with one of these major diseases what they wish they had changed, and they could educate us from painful, personal experience. If “experience is the best teacher”, why not learn now from their experiences, rather than later from our own tragic experience. Tragic? Yes, because changing old habits can give us longer, happier, more productive lives.

Just a thought from a friend at Whole Sail Living where we always wish that your sails are full of wind and you are cruising along full speed the way you want (and deserve) to live.


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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsdDora - Wisdom is action taken when it serves something worth doing.

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      3 years ago

      Who doesn't want "to continue living"?

      The question is: "How much do you want to continue living?"

      Do you want it enough to actually do the "no brainers" of eating to live, rather than living to eat? Do you want it enough to get up off your duff and spend even a few minutes of your day exercising by walking rapidly, or swimming, etc.? Do you keep yourself hydrated, get sufficient quality sleep, and try to reduce stress when possible?

      If not, you don't really care about "continuing to live" a healthier, happier, longer life for yourself and those who love you.

      Yes, it's just that simple.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      Thanks, Demas, for the information, I'll tell him. And you're right. But he is a Pepsiholic and won't drink anything else. He is a caffeine addict who hates coffee. He's tried iced tea, but it makes him very irritable. I'm just thankful he isn't an alcoholic-drug addict like the former Mr. B. I think the doctor is making strides in convincing him to limit his intake -- if he wants to continue living.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good information and good questions for personal consideration for those of us who are serious about living healthy. We keep learning but not practicing; that's not wise at all.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - A1C is a blood test figure that shows the average amount of sugar (glucose) in your husband's blood over the past 2 to 3 months, letting you him know how well his blood sugar is being controlled over that period of time.

      Dark chocolate daily in right amounts can be beneficial.

      Tell Head Jabber of the old timer who found a 12 year old smoking. The haughty youth boasted, "I'm a smoker!" The old timer replied, "No, sonny; the cigarette does the smoking. You're just the sucker on the other end."

      A can of Coca Cola has 8.25 teaspoons of sugar. Pepsi has more per can, and Mountain Dew has 11.25 teaspoons. Head Jabber can save money by just eating the sugar and drinking water.

      Rabbit meat is the lowest fat and highest protein of any commercially available meat, and their diet has a lot to do with that and their more famous appetites.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - Knowing our own Body Mass Index (BMI) checking it regularly, getting it in the healthy range and keeping it there, is a great step anyone can take. (Details are on the web.)

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      I'm sure these are good articles. I just wish I could get my husband to read and heed them. He quit (so he says) smoking in 2006, but I knew that he was sneaking cigarettes. Now he is on a nicotine lozenge trying to quit tobacco again so he can have some surgery. Recently he asked what A1C is because the doctor told him his was high. Oh well, what does he expect when he drinks a 2 liter cola a day and thinks a chocolate bar is a meal?

      Yes, I can talk because I am only 10 lbs overweight and my blood sugar is "perfect" for a woman my age. I love rabbit food!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      I agree with your thoughts on overeating leading to diabetes as being a great cause of health problems. Too many people accept their overweight (or don't even realize they are obese) and complicate the quality of their life.


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