There are two types of aging: genetic aging and metabolic aging. Every one of us has a predetermined lifespan because within our cells our genes have an inherent genetic programmed timeline.
You can't live longer that your preset genetic age but you can reduce your lifespan from accidents, infections and metabolic aging.
Metabolic aging occurs in relation to your daily nutrition and lifestyle habits. The good news is that you are in control of your metabolic aging because stress, quality of food, toxic chemicals and exercise can directly affect the rate and quality at which you age. So if you have poor nutrition and lifestyle choices you will inevitably die prematurely before your genetic age. Or you can prevent and reverse accelerated metabolic aging by making better lifestyle choices, better nutrition habits and understanding the basic hormonal and metabolic physiology that drives premature aging.
Today because of research and education on sanitation and health most us can count of living to at least seventy years (on average). But just that fact that we are alive and breathing does not guarantee that we will perform at our highest physical, mental and social capacity. On the contrary, many American baby boomers are developing degenerative diseases at growing numbers. And to make matters worse, children now are developing adult onset degenerative diseases, a direct consequence of the rising childhood obesity epidemic.
Even if you don't have a degenerative disease you may still suffer from physical and mental ailments such as achy joint and muscles, allergies, constipation, decreased memory and concentration, depression, heartburn, lower energy and sleeping problems. The good news again is that you can avoid developing a chronic illness at a younger age and if you already suffer from it at an older age there are steps to slow down and in many times reverse degenerative disease.
So the question is do you want to succumb to being another statistic ?
Consider these statistics from the CDC:
- 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.
- In 2005, 133 million Americans – almost 1 out of every 2 adults – had at least one chronic illness.
- Obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese (BMI ≥ 95th percentile of the CDC growth chart).
- About one-fourth of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations.
- Arthritis is the most common cause of disability, with nearly 19 million Americans reporting activity limitations.
- Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness among adults, aged 20-74.
Without a question we need to address each one of these chronic illness more effectively and explore better preventative medical education and programs to our communities, schools and local agencies.
This is without a doubt my mission as a physician educator to contribute to better education and methods of resolving what is a health tragedy and an unnecessary health and financial burden to a lot of Americans.
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Alexandra Solano, MD