Recently published CDC findings confirm previous studies that show the public is not following good lifestyle choices. Actually they are getting worse.
Chronic degenerative conditions thought of as inevitable signs of aging can be modified to the benefit of the individual if we make healthy lifestyle choices – no smoking, moderation in alcohol consumption (if at all), no drugs unless prescribed by ones physician for specific indications, daily multivitamin intake, and regular exercise.
Most changes of aging are related to chronic noninfectious inflammatory conditions, thought to be the result of environmental factors.
70 million Americans suffer from Arthritis – or one in every three adults; twice as many as there were twenty years ago.
Asthma is now the sixth most common human disease.
There are more than 18.2 million people with Diabetes, a 49% increase over the past ten years.
Almost 64 million Americans have cardiovascular disease (CVD) in some form. It is the number one killer of Americans, with almost a million deaths last year.
More than one million Americans have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and the numbers are increasing.
Obesity, now a pandemic, affects more than 200 million Americans, along with the exacerbation of existing inflammatory disease, and fat cells play a major role in the production of the messengers that cause inflammatory disease.
Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the major cause of vision loss in America and is becoming more common.
The take home message is that these are all inflammatory conditions, and all can be delayed or modified by making the lifestyle choices listed above.