Lifestyle Diseases

January 17, 2012

Two hours snowboarding in the Rockies.

Have you noticed lately that the drug and medical supply commercials on TV and in print seem to be the most prolific? Diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and hypertension are the diseases most discussed. Oh yeah, let's not forget the voluminous number of weight loss commercials also.

So what's going on? Well, the cynical New Yorker in me would say that there is a lot of money to be made selling these products, but there is more to this story. What we are seeing today is an increase in these "Lifestyle Diseases." Our very technical, sophisticated and excellent healthcare system has been very successful in curing many types of cancer and prolonging our lives, however, we are screwing it all up!

Yep, it's our fault because these lifestyle diseases are most often self inflicted and we as a society are not doing anything about it. Actually, we are encouraging the proliferation of these diseases.

Let's look at Type 2 Diabetes. Previously, this was referred to as Adult Onset Diabetes, but now overweight children of ten are developing this type of diabetes. The truly amazing fact is that Type 2 Diabetes can be easily controlled and often cured by losing weight and eating properly.

So, if you were walking down Michigan Ave in Chicago, and saw someone banging their head against the Wrigley Building while complaining about a headache, wouldn't you suggest they stop banging their head or at least find a softer building?!

We have the ability to take control of our health and rid ourselves of these Lifestyle Diseases......isn't it time we stop banging our heads against the wall?