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“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” ~ Roy M. Goodman
New Study Finds SHOCKING Number of People Worldwide with Health Problems – Over 95% Have A Health Problem and Over One-Third Live with More Than FIVE Conditions.
Is There a Way to Be One of the Healthy 5%?
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Do you want to live longer? Pretty stupid question, isn’t it? Everyone wants to live longer. That’s why what you are about to read is good news.
Why? Because, on average, we are all living longer.
In fact, according to a health report by the Department of Health and Human Services, “In 2010, life expectancy at birth in the United States for the total population was 78.7 years – 76.2 years for males and 81.0 years for females.”
Not only that: “Between 2000 and 2010, life expectancy at birth increased 2.1 years for males and 1.7 years for females. The gap in life expectancy between males and females narrowed from 5.2 years in 2000 to 4.8 years in 2010.”
This all sounds great on the surface. But…
There Is Some BAD NEWS…
Before we get to the bad news, what is your opinion on this…
Would you rather live a long life or a healthy life? In other words, is it more important to be healthy and doing the things you love or is it better to just be alive, even if you are sick and miserable?
That’s what the average lifespan fails to calculate. It simply says how long the average person lives, but it does not say what their quality of life is at any point in time. A new study sheds some light on this, and it is not all good news.
The recent Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) notes that in 2013, just one in twenty people worldwide (4.3%) had no health problems. During the same year, a third of the world’s population experienced more than five ailments.
According to Science Daily: “Moreover, the research shows that, worldwide, the proportion of lost years of healthy life (disability-adjusted life years; DALYS ) due to illness (rather than death) rose from around a fifth (21%) in 1990 to almost a third (31%) in 2013.
“As the world’s population grows, and the proportion of elderly people increases, the number of people living in sub-optimum health is set to rise rapidly over coming decades.
“The findings come from the largest and most detailed analysis to quantify levels, patterns, and trends in ill health and disability around the world between 1990 and 2013.”
Here is something very important: The report talks about “years lived with disability” or YLDs. According to the report, “YLDs for both sexes increased from 537.6 million in 1990 to 764.8 million in 2013 due to population growth and aging… Leading causes of YLDs included low back pain and major depressive disorders among the top ten causes of YLDs in every country.”
Here are some very important points from all of this… The first thing to understand is that we are living longer for a number of reasons, but we are also living more of those years with health issues and disability.
As you can imagine, just being alive longer means more time for mental and physical stresses to add up, which can result in pain and other symptoms.
Author Eubie Balke is known for saying:
Those words seem more and more important with each passing year. No one wants to age or get older, but it is a fact of life. Science and medicine have done some wonderful things, but they have yet to stop time. No matter how long you live, life is too short and seems to go by in the blink of an eye.
The really good news is that taking simple measures now can help maximize the time you have and give you the best odds to be in the 5% of people in the world without health problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases.”
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things a person can do to stay healthy. Not only will physical activity increase one’s chances of living longer, it can also help control weight; reduce risks for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and some cancers; strengthen bones and muscles; improve mental health and mood; improve one’s ability to do daily activities; and prevent falls among older adults.
Sadly, more than one-third of all adults do not meet the common recommendations for aerobic physical activity, and 23% report having performed no leisure time physical activity in the preceding month.
Not only that, The World Health Organization estimates that if the major risk factors for chronic disease were eliminated, at least 80% of all instances of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes would be prevented, and more than 40% of cancer cases would be avoided.
Just look at these statistics provided by the CDC…
Here are some facts about Diabetes according to the CDC: “From 1980 through 2013, the number of adults in the United States aged 18–79 with newly diagnosed diabetes more than tripled from 493,000 in 1980 to over 1.4 million in 2013. The number of new cases of diabetes has increased since the early 1990s through 2000s. After 2009, the number of cases has changed little.
“Diabetes is becoming more common in the United States. From 1980 through 2011, the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes has more than tripled (from 5.6 million to 20.9 million).”
If you’re currently part of the 5%, then you’re probably already living a healthy lifestyle. If you’re not, then make the decision now to start making changes. Start eating a healthier diet, start exercising each day (if a short walk is all you can do right now, that’s okay — you need to start somewhere), stop smoking (if you’re a smoker), don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol, and find ways to better manage stress. And if you are experiencing any pain in your back, neck, or extremities, then call our office and schedule an appointment because it’s easier to exercise and start/maintain healthy habits if you’re pain-free.
Don’t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We’re here to help and don’t enjoy anything more than participating in providing you natural pain relief.
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Blind Dog Helps Others See Better Days!
Sometimes real life is better than any Hollywood movie. This might be one of those moments…
He was a nameless dog, born without eyes, serving a life sentence in a terrible puppy mill. Who knows how much longer this particular golden retriever would have suffered — or even been allowed to live — if it wasn’t for one special person.
Enter Joanne George.
Joanne rescued the golden retriever and named him Smiley. She quickly noticed something was very wrong with her new dog. Smiley was very introverted and scared, which wouldn’t be unexpected for a dog in his situation, but there was more…
Smiley was born without eyes, yet his eyelids were open and this appeared to be causing him a great deal of pain. Joanne arranged for a veterinarian to help close Smiley’s eyelids.
As soon as this happened, Smiley’s pain subsided and he started to come around.
Joanne paired Smiley with a deaf Great Dane named Tyler. Tyler is high energy, and the two hit it off. Tyler immediately raised Smiley’s energy and spirits.
“Tyler was so bouncy and crazy and happy-go-lucky and [Smiley] turned into the same dog,” George told ABC News. “He came out from underneath the tables where he was always hiding.”
As soon as Smiley started to interact with people, his shyness melted away. Not only did he tolerate being around them, but he became very friendly, even with strangers he’d just met. Joanne spotted a gift in Smiley and started taking him to hospitals and schools to visit people who needed some cheering up.
There was one patient in a nursing home named Teddy whom no one visited and hadn’t been known to speak during his stay. The staff at the nursing home said they had never even saw him smile. That was, of course, until Smiley came along. Joanne recalls, “(Teddy) smiled and laughed when Smiley got into his vision. It was so touching to see we had made a difference… a big difference in this man’s life.”
The therapy work Smiley does is quite amazing, especially with children. Joanne adds, “It’s very touching when they see how he was born different and it’s ok to be different and you can still overcome things. Their confidence level goes right up.”
Smiley’s biggest message is that whoever you are and whatever circumstances or situations you are in, you can always overcome them. You can always be happy. You can always smile.
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Reacting Positively to Stressful Situations Can Benefit Your Health!
It is known that inflammation increases an individual’s risk for several chronic diseases, but until recently, it was not known if one’s emotional responses to daily stress were linked to inflammation production. In a recent study, 872 adults from the National Study of Daily Experiences (sub-study of Midlife in the United States II) reported daily stressors and their reaction to them during telephone interviews over the course of eight days. Blood samples were obtained at a separate clinic visit and analyzed for inflammatory markers.
The researchers note, “Adults who fail to maintain positive affect when faced with minor stressors in everyday life appear to have elevated levels of IL-6, a marker of inflammation. Women who experience increased negative affect when faced with minor stressors may be at particular risk of elevated inflammation. These findings add to growing evidence regarding the health implications of affective reactivity to daily stressors.”
Dr. Nancy Sin, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Healthy Aging and Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State adds, “A person’s frequency of stress may be less related to inflammation than responses to stress. It is how a person reacts to stress that is important.”
Research Finds Low-Glycemic Index Diet Helps Mice with Autism.
In the past 20 years, the number of diagnosed cases of autism spectrum disorder has dramatically increased. While both a cause for the substantial increase in diagnoses and a cure for autism remain elusive, the findings of a new study indicate that a low-glycemic index diet — a diet used to treat type 2 diabetics — may benefit people with autism. In the study, researchers used mice found to display autism-like symptoms and fed them either a high-glycemic index diet (heavy with foods such as breads, cereals, and other sugary processed foods that can cause blood sugar levels to spike) or a low-glycemic index diet (heavy with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains that take longer to digest, which can keep blood sugar levels more even).
During the study, the research team observed that the mice on the high-glycemic diet displayed several behavioral symptoms consistent with autism such as extensive grooming, repeated actions that served no apparent purpose, and impaired social interactions with other mice. Blood samples from this population of mice showed decreased levels of doublecortin, a protein that indicates neuron development, and increased levels of inflammation markers. On the other hand, the mice fed the low-glycemic diet showed fewer autism-related symptoms, greater neural development, and lower levels of inflammation.
While this study was conducted with mice and further research needs to be done to see if similar results can be observed in human subjects, it does offer hope for patients with autism spectrum disorder as well as a potential avenue to look for a possible contributing cause for the disease. If you don’t have autism spectrum disorder, you can at least take away the finding that eating more natural foods and fewer processed foods will not only help you better manage your blood sugar levels and possibly reduce your risk for diabetes, but if these findings hold up for humans, a low-glycemic diet may also reduce inflammation (which will lower your risk for chronic diseases) and may also help improve your brain’s function.
This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.
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