In this short series, I have offered you a framework for how to understand your health so that you can take charge of it and live a long and healthy and active life. (Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4). In this post we go beyond the why to the what. What do you do to be as healthy as possible?
Here is the issue, Chronic illness disables us. The graph below shows what happens to the average Canadian man. He is on the Red Line. By 65 the average man is disabled by chronic illness. This may be type 2 diabetes, it may be heart disease, it may be prostate cancer, depression, arthritis or early onset dementia. He may have more than one. he will live for nearly another 10 years. He will need the full support of his family and the health care system. For women simply push the numbers out by 10 years.
This being an average, it means that for many men, this point at which they cannot look after themselves, work or fully participate in their family or society will start much earlier than 65.
On the other hand, look at the black line. If you do not have chronic illness, this is what you can expect. You will remain healthy. active, mentally alert, fully competent and a participant until you die. Death will be a sudden event. The black line is our "Normal Trajectory".
My father died aged 55, a wreck, and my mother has been disabled since her late 40's. Their example spurred me to act once I knew what I know now.
So this is my goal and can be yours. Tomorrow we start on what to do to get onto the Black Line. But here is what success looks like.
My short book "You Don't Need Medicine to be Healthy" is available on Amazon here