Morbidity Compression

  • Most everyone would love to live their entire lives completely healthy without disease or disability and one day just suddenly die without pain or suffering.  This can be accomplished with a healthy lifestyle and what is known today.

Improving Longevity

  • The majority of people die sooner than they should.  Chronic Diseases take their toll and organ systems wear out prematurely.  There is no "eternal life" pill.   However healthy cultures have different life expectancies

Exercise

  • 60% reduction in osteoporosis

  • 40% reduction in colon cancer

  • 30% less falls and 20 to 40% decreased chance of hip fractures

  • 40% reduced risk of dementia

  • 50% reduction in breast cancer recurrence and death

  • Etc.

Diet and Lifestyle

  • Reducing blood cholesterol level -

    • Low risk for heart disease – Less than 160 mg/dL
    • Intermediate risk for heart disease – Less than 130 mg/dL
    • High risk for heart disease including those with heart disease or diabetes – Less than 100mg/dL
  • Public Stroke Prevention Guidelines - 80% of all strokes are preventable.

  • Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people without diabetes of similar age.

  • 25% of cancer risk is genetic, 75% is environment.  Even people with a higher genetic risk can prevent their cancer from ever occurring with a healthy lifestyle.    Cancer growth / recurrence can be stopped or slowed down by a healthy lifestyle.

  • "If we grew thinner, exercised regularly, avoided diets rich in red meat (substituting poultry, fish, or vegetable sources of protein), and stopped using tobacco, we would prevent 70% of all cancers" - Robert A. Weinberg, PhD, American Cancer Society Research Professor at MIT and Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D., Editor in Chief of the Harvard Health Letter.

  • "80 to 90 percent of all cancers are not inherited, but result from the defects in DNA occurring during your lifetime from accumulated damage that could be prevented by increasing fruit and vegetable intake" - David Heber, M.D., PhD, Director of UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

  • "On average, our genes contribute no more than 25 percent toward our total health picture"  - Professor Jose Ordovas, Director of Nutrition and Genomics at Tufts University.

  • "For most of the population, genes are just a small part of the health picture.  This business of genes being the root cause of our health problems has resulted in a sense of powerlessness or lack of autonomy and is doing all of us a great disservice"  - Robert Nussbaum, M.D. , Head of the Division of Genetics at the University of California--San Francisco.

  • Coronary artery disease can be reversed by a healthy lifestyle.