The Cumulative Protective Effect of a Healthy Lifestyle is Greater Than Any Medicine
Posted Aug 27 2009 12:00am
While we recommend Juice Plus+® as part of a healthy diet to get more fruit and vegetable nutrients, it is important to know just how much affect a healthy lifestyle has on the cost of health care.
(Mercola)--This European study, involving over 23,000 Germans, shows just how fantastic the results of a healthy lifestyle can be. The cumulative effects of just four healthy factors: not smoking, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight, resulted in:
An average of 36 percent reduced risk of ALL cancers
A 93 percent reduced risk of diabetes
An 81 percent reduced risk of heart disease
These are three of the most common types of chronic diseases, and as you all know, chronic diseases are very expensive – you have to pay to treat it for the rest of your life.
Let’s look at one example: obesity.
Treating weight-related diseases costs the U.S. $147 billion a year; double what it was nearly a decade ago. The high price tag reflects the costs of treating diabetes, heart disease and other ailments that develop as a result of being overweight.
Obesity-related conditions now account for just over 9 percent of all medical spending, up from 6.5 percent in 1998.
Diabetes, in turn, costs the nation $190 billion a year to treat, and excess weight is the single biggest risk factor for developing diabetes.
So it all rolls downhill. We simply must shift away from the conventional mindset of treating these diseases as if they are “unavoidable,” and start paying for disease prevention. If the U.S. did that, hundreds of billions of dollars could soon be saved.
I’ve long stated that type 2 diabetes is nearly 100 percent avoidable, and the results of the massive European study above confirm my own assessment. We’re spending $190 billion dollars on a disease that would not exist were it not for poor lifestyle choices.
Ditto for heart disease, which costs more than $300 billion annually. It’s important to realize that these diseases are NOT unavoidable aspects of aging or genetics.
A vast majority of these cases would simply disappear if healthy choices were taught widely and implemented on an individual basis.
Unfortunately, both the pharmaceutical and food industries are hard at work to make sure finding out the truth about what’s healthy, and what’s not, is as confusing and difficult as possible.
How to Reduce Your Health Care Costs for Life
You can be very confident that additional government involvement doesn’t hold the answer to the health care crisis. What is needed is more personal involvement -- your personal involvement -- in the form of a commitment to your own health.
So many people claim they can’t afford preventive care. But in reality, the question should be: Can you really afford NOT to?
If you carefully follow some basic health principles -- simple things like exercising, eating whole foods, sleeping enough, getting sun exposure, and reducing stress in your life -- you will drastically reduce your need for conventional medical care.
Remember, the drug industry spends about $15 billion a year manipulating and distorting your perceptions about the proper solutions for your health challenges. And, the food industry spends TWICE that much to brainwash you and your children to choose highly processed convenience foods that will accelerate your path toward death and disease -- and your need to use drugs to control your symptoms.
For example, if you’ve fallen for any of these health myths, then you have bought into incorrect propaganda designed to benefit something other than your long-term health:
Sun exposure causes skin cancer
Milk (pasteurized and homogenized) does your body good
Whole grains are good for you
Fish is good for you
Saturated fat causes heart disease
It’s a vicious cycle of deceit, misinformation, and manipulation. Fortunately you can take control of your health and step out of this crazy loop.
To get you started, these 10 Steps to Optimal Health are BASIC tenets of health, based on simple truths that will never go out of style that are not dependent on the latest fads concocted by some special interest group:
Address your emotional traumas and manage your stress
Get optimal exposure to sunlight
Drink plenty of clean water
Limit your exposure to toxins
Consume healthy fat
Eat a healthy diet that’s right for your nutritional type (paying very careful attention to keeping your insulin levels down)
Eat plenty of raw food
Optimize your insulin and leptin levels
Get plenty of good sleep
By adhering to these basic tenets of optimal health – the basics of a healthy lifestyle, not just a temporary fix for a particular ailment -- you are building a healthy mind and body, and thereby safeguarding yourself against a multitude of health problems and serious diseases. ( From Mercola.com )
Diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of degenerative diseases like heart disease and stroke, diabetes and cancer. Learn why eating fruits and vegetables is especially important, and how you can benefit from adding Juice Plus+® to your diet.