"All the money in the world can't buy you back good health."-- Reba McEntire
As a lead into the next blog on what causes all chronic disease and some cancers, I decided to write a "lead in" blog by providing some information on why everyone reading this blog has a high probability of having at least one chronic disease NOW but does not know it.
Arthritis , heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's are 4 major diseases we may encounter in our lifetime that are prevalent in America. All of these diseases I will talk more in detail in later blogs.
Arthritis is a chronic disease and over 50 million adults in America have doctor diagnosed arthritis. Twenty percent of all adults over 18 years old. It is the number #1 cause of disability. Osteoarthritis (OA) is often diagnosed in adults who are over 40 and is linked to HD, type 2 diabetes and has the same common fundamental cause. Women tend to get osteoarthritis earlier than men. 50% of women and men have OA at age 65 in their joints especially hands but many do not show symptoms at that time. Other joints like knees and hips are target areas for OA. Do you have OA now? http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/arthritis-statistics-facts.php
Heart disease (HD) is usually diagnosed in most Americans in their 50s but starts in childhood! Atheroscelosis or the plugging of arteries starts early in life. By age 15, 50% of all children have fatty streaks (atherosclerosis) in their arteries and 85% of all adults by 40 years have the fatty streaks. The diagnosis of heart disease of coronary artery disease occurs many years later often as a result of a heart attack or surgery for a stent as a result of a plugged artery. Age 65 years is typically the age when a man gets his first heart attack. But what that stat doesn't tell you is the disease started 30 years prior and just progressed to a point where one or more arteries (at age 65) are fully plugged and you get a heart attack or stroke (carotid artery). So everyone who is reading this blog should assume they have heart disease, even if you are in your 40s. According to webMD 50% of men over 40 year old (33% women) have atherosclerosis. When your arteries get 50% clogged or more you are generally diagnosed to have heart disease. Unfortunately, no symptoms occur at this stage. It is usually when your arteries get to be 75% clogged or more that heart attacks or severe systems occur. So, how badly plugged are your arteries?? Wouldn't you want to know something prior to a heart attack? Our doctors do not use the right measures to identify the disease early enough. What causes atherosclerosis, hint..... it is not cholesterol! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2812791/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atherosclerosis
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) has increased dramatically in the last decade, the average age of diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is now less than 40 versus 46 years in 2000. When your fasting blood glucose level in your blood is over 125 mg/dl, your doctor will diagnosis you with type 2 diabetes. However, some people have lost their insulin resistance well before the 125 mg/dl point and already have type 2 diabetes. 85% of people who have type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Have you check you blood glucose trend the last 3-5 years? If your fasting blood glucose is over 100 mg/dl and trending upward you are on the road to T2DM. What causes T2DM? Sugar impacts diabetes but is not the primary cause? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1466782/
Alzheimer's (AD) is a chronic disease that has dramatically increased in the last few decades and is now diagnosed in adults when they are in their mid 60s instead of their 80s. There is no cure for AD and likely may never be. AD is sometimes called type 3 diabetes. It is an autoimmune disease that is closely linked to HD and T2DM . By the time you are diagnosed with AD (usually stage 3 or 4) you have had it for 20 years. If you are in 40s or 60s, you should wondering do you have AD now? What is a primary cause of this terrible disease?
All of these diseases and others (Obesity, kidney disease, arthritis, COPD and more) have a common cause - chronic inflammation. What is chronic inflammation?
The lead in to the next blog.......................
Questions you should be thinking about.
1. How are you assessing your health or do expect your doctor to tell you? 2. How do you know you are healthy? Having no symptoms does not mean you are healthy. 3. What results or test are you tracking? 4. Given that GPs are not trained in nutrition and the U.S.guidelines for health do not work ( ie low fat, high carb diet), what diet plan