General Health

ARE CHRONIC DISEASES PREVENTABLE?

Seven out of ten deaths in the United States are from chronic diseases and eighty percent of all chronic diseases are preventable. One might say that “you have to die from something”, but the reality is that often times chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis equals years of suffering and sometimes disability.
For many of us who suffer from or will suffer from a chronic disease lifestyle choices -such as poor food selections, inactivity, smoking and excessive alcohol use – are the blamed. Learn how to prevent the onset of chronic diseases.By Linda Howard

Seven out of ten deaths in the United States are from chronic diseases and eighty percent of all chronic diseases are preventable. One might say that “you have to die from something”, but the reality is that often times chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis equals years of suffering and sometimes disability.

For many of us who suffer from or will suffer from a chronic disease lifestyle choices -such as poor food selections, inactivity, smoking and excessive alcohol use – are the blamed. Learn how to prevent the onset of chronic diseases.

Although I frequently talk about lifestyle choices, I must point out that in order for it truly to be a choice the individual must have equitable access to a healthy life. Some, however, have little or no access to a healthy lifestyle, which in many cases is not a choice.  This is especially true with children who do not choose their environment, their food and are frequently exposed to second hand smoke.  Many adults in the poorer neighborhoods have very little access to quality food; for those that live in crime ridden areas, taking a walk through the neighbor presents more immediate health risk related to violence.  In these cases social and government intervention may be required and their lifestyle is arguably not a “choice”.

For the rest of us, it about choices!  It is about you being accountable for your own wellbeing.  Are you making healthy choices?  If not, what’s stopping you from making decisions that will greatly increase the likelihood of you enjoying a healthy life?

Where do you start?

• Understand the long-term consequences and benefits of your behaviors

• Recognize those behaviors that put you at risk of chronic diseases and other illnesses

• Learn those behaviors that support wellbeing

• Decide to replace unhealthy habits and behaviors with healthy ones

• Put together your support team to help make it happen

For more information on behaviors that lead to chronic diseases and the  astonishing statistic related to chronic diseases and risk behaviors visit Industry News on the Alturnative website and click on Wellness Stats About Chronic Diseases.

If you are looking forward to changing unhealthy behaviors and developing new healthy habits a wellness coach is a great option for sustainable change.  A good coach can be a valuable member of your support team.  A coach can help you to prioritize change, help you be accountable to yourself and guide you in developing a plan for change that will replace unhealthy habits with healthy ones.

Many employers now offer wellness programs, if available take advantage of it.  You can also look for a certified wellness coach who coaches individuals privately.  There are plenty of coaches out there, look for the right one for you.