IF WE have always maintained a very unhealthy lifestyle, such as excessive drinking, smoking, consuming processed foods etc, is it possible that we can turn the clock back on our health? Some studies have proven over time that by making certain lifestyle choices, we may be able to effectively turn back the clock 14 years in terms of mortality.
But whether the benefits observed in those studies are the result of good, life-long health habits or can be achieved by those who make changes later in life, needed to be confirmed. However, what was found was that a switch in mid-life, that is, in our late 40s to early 60s, to a healthy lifestyle that includes at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, exercise, and not smoking results in a substantial reduction in mortality over just the next four years. This is surprising, not only because the benefit appeared so quickly, but also because the lifestyle changes were so modest. The findings emphasise that making the necessary lifestyle changes is extremely worthwhile, and it’s never too late to get with the programme!
If we can get such dramatic benefits so late in life and in such a short amount of time, why can’t we just live lives of gluttony and sloth-like behaviour, and then just clean up our acts around 50 or so? I know so many people that don’t wish to change at all. And that is perfectly OK. We all have free will and choices. But what if it is too late? What if your very first symptoms are your last?
Sudden cardiac death accounts for more than half of all heart disease deaths. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide just drop dead every year. Sudden cardiac death is the first manifestation of heart disease for the majority of individuals, particularly among women, meaning they had no idea they even had heart disease until they were literally dying from it. For many, their first indication of the presence of coronary heart disease is their demise. That’s why prevention is the key.
So, does prevention work? Women who don’t smoke, walk a half-hour a day, aren’t overweight, and eat a prudent diet, defined in the study as greater than average fruit, vegetable, nut, whole grain, and bean consumption, had a 92 per cent lower risk of sudden cardiac death. When it comes to sudden death, an ounce of prevention is truly worth more than a pound of cure, because there is no cure once you are dead. That’s a fact of life! So why not try making some changes, starting today.
Health Talk: Staying healthy, energised and gorgeous this summer. Just to let any of you know that I have been asked to give a health talk to inspire greater health, energy and body confidence at Sweaty Betty fitness clothes store in Chichester: 51, South Street, Chichester PO19 1DS on Monday, May 14, between 6pm and 7.30pm. Fresh juice will be available on the night.
Please call direct to book your place on: 01243 536898. Spaces are really limited and its on a first come, first serve basis, so be quick! I look forward to seeing some of you there.
In the meantime, if you have your own health challenges and would like a private one to one health and wellbeing consultation – (includes testing to see how the body is functioning and how the organs are working etc) then please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07730671436 or email@example.com.
I work from two clinics, one on the Main Road in Bosham, near Chichester, and one in Harley Street London. Choose the one more convenient to you.