Living A Long Healthy Life
Everybody wants to live as long as possible, but many people are not prepared for the burden of living longer both financially and physically. Living longer sounds really good, but aging itself increases the risk of chronic conditions that can make life even more difficult as you age.
So, what can you do to make living longer a reality without sacrificing quality of life?
First you must realize that aging well takes planning. If you are reading this article right now you are deserve a pat on the back for being a small percentage of the population that is looking ahead, and preparing for their future. Many people are not prepared for the complications that can happen as we age, or prefer to turn a blind eye. It is important none the less to prepare for tomorrow, by living better today. Preparation is like money in the bank, so that you can live a wonderful long healthy life, and really enjoy it.
Why do you need to prepare to live longer? Wear and tear to your body; it is the expected progression of aging. Research data illustrates that a number in the range of 88% of American Citizens over 65 years of age are suffering from at least one chronic medical condition and Australia statistics states at about half their populous over 65 suffer with a long term health condition. These are the facts, and unfortunately most people accept that a chronic health condition is part of aging, but what if you could prevent many of them?
What is a chronic medical condition? A chronic medical condition, any illness or health condition that lasts longer than three month time period, and chronic illnesses as expected become more common place as one lives longer.
Chronic or long term health conditions do not just happen overnight. They are usually a result of other extrinsic factors, and can be traced to alcohol use, tobacco use, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet choices, obesity, neglecting oral care, and not getting enough sleep- these are just few of the major contributors that lead to chronic diseases that can include:
Chronic Medical Conditions
* Arthritis – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Polymyalgia rheumatica
* Hearing Loss – Presbycusis, Ototoxicity, Requiring hearing aids, Tinnitus,
* Oral Health Problems – Periodontal diseases Oral cancers, Loss of bone, soft tissue damage, dentures, implants, Diabetes, Advanced gum disease, Oral Health and Hygiene
* Cancer- Prostate Cancer, Skin Cancer (Non-melanoma), Lung Cancer, liver cancer, Bladder Cancer, Melanoma, Gallbladder Cancer, Gastric (Stomach)Cancer, Breast,Mouth Cancer, Colon and Rectal Cancer
* Cardiovascular Diseases- Strokes, Diseases of Veins, heart attacks, cerebrovacular diseases, Angina pectoris, High Blood Pressure, Peripheral artery disease, heart failure, Arrhythmias, TIA
* Chronic Pain Disorders – Neuralgia, Elbow Pain, Shoulder Pain, Spine Pain, Foot Pain, Hand Pain, Hip Pain and more.
* Diabetes- Blindness, loss of limbs, and circulatory problems.
How To Live A Longer and Healthier Life
First and foremost you must respect your own body. Respect comes in many forms:
1. Eating Properly
If you are familiar with Hippocrates you may have read the quote “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”
2. Maintain an Ideal Weight
Maintaining your ideal weight is very important for as you pile on the pounds you are much more apt to develop type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and triglycerides, coronary artery disease (CAD), high blood pressure, stroke, and sleep apnea, among other conditions.
Caloric restriction has been touted by some as the road to the fountain of youth: One professor of pathology at the University of Michigan, Richard Miller, M.D., Ph.D., has spent the last 20 years researching the ways in which dietary and genetic changes can slow the aging process. His studies have shown that mice, rats, and monkeys that have undergone severe caloric restriction demonstrate all kinds of mental and physical benefits such as better mental function, less joint disease, and even fewer cases of cataracts.
3. Stop Smoking
Smoking affects every major organ in your body. Giving up the habit or never starting it will increase your chances of living longer, and prevent diseases such as cancer, lung diseases, and heart problems.
4. Remain Active
Move it or lose it. Staying active by walking, riding a bike, bowling, gardening, light weight lifting, or using resistance bands which are my favorite little home gym for any age group or fitness level
5. Getting Enough Sleep
A survey done by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke showed that at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders. The effects of sleep deprivation on the body can include; the development of diabetes according to a 2006 study. The study showed that lack of sleep is linked with deterioration in blood glucose control in type 2 diabetics.
Getting 5 hours or less of sleep a night has been connected to weight gain, poor memory, lower concentration, and higher incidence of heart disease (coronary artery calcification).
6. Wear Sunscreen Every Day
UV rays not only age your skin and cause wrinkling, but are the cause of a very dangerous and deadly form of cancer called melanoma.
7. Maintain Proper Oral Health – Floss Daily
Studies have proven that bad oral hygiene goes beyond dental carries and gum disease; it can contribute to heart disease, osteoporosis, lung problems, and a very strong link to diabetes.
8. Learn to De-stress Your Life
A little stress is actually good for you, as it acts as a little built in alarm for your brain, but stress becomes very unhealthy if it goes on for long periods, and can affect your health increasing your risks of developing; heart disease, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and raises your risk of depression.
Learn to de-stress via; Meditation, listening to music, writing in a diary, having a hobby, and learn to visualize and think positively.
9. Take Anti Oxidant Supplements
Our modern diets are killing us. We have progressed over thousands of years of occasionally restricting our calories and eating antioxidant rich diet to, in the past century, to constantly eating highly processed foods with low antioxidant levels. What this ultimately means is that we are experiencing more free radicals and more disease than ever before.
Everyone should take one mulit-vitamin daily especially if they are eating fast food during the week. Also, speaking of supplements, you have probably heard by now a supplement called Resveratrol. It offers the amazing health benefits of red vine, and is one of the most powerful antioxidants that was discovered in red wine or actually the skin of a certain grape that is made into red wine.
The health benefits that are being studied are pretty spectacular: cancer prevention and longevity are two that are amazing scientists and catapulting more research. The studies are proving that this powerful anti aging antioxidant can protect your heart, help prevent strokes, lower cholesterol, and much, much more.
Learning to relax is a key element to living a longer healthier life. You can learn to relax with hypnosis, learn to sleep better, and using hypnosis for phobias will help everyone let go of the anxiety that can cause stress, and lead to chronic illnesses.