Hello My friends!
I wanted to write about a very important subject today for several reasons.
Firstly, premature death is a very important end-point when one considers health care research findings because any factor(s) which increases the risk of dying prematurely is a very relevant issue!
Secondly, being overweight or clinically obese remains a very important independent risk factor in the process of dyning prematurely. This point is, often-times not made as frequently as it should in my opinion.
However, there are many reasons why it is much more advisable to maintain a healthy, normal weight as you age. Some recent research has concluded why this is the case.
Let me take some time and summerize the findings at this point.
These studies were conducted at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and indicated that people who were diagnosed with obesity were much more likely to develop type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease and cardiac failure compared with normal weight controls.
This new review paper also mentioned previously completed studies on obesity involving Harvard Chan researchers. For example, a study completed in 20016 indicated that for each 5-unit increase in BMI above 25, there was a corresponding increase in the risk of dying prematurely due to heart disease, cancer and upper respiratory disease. A more recent study completed in 20017 indicated that, compared to people who kept their weight stable, people who gained a moderate amount of weight (5–22 pounds) before age 55 increased their risk of developing chronic disease, dying prematurely and were less likely to achieve healthy aging.
In other words, these folks had a less than satusfactory quality of life compared with folks who had a much healthier lifestyle. This is what this data really speaks to!
You can grow older, be treated for a multitude of chronic diseases (with multiple medications) and be in the medical system as a regular patient for years before you die…but are your last 20-30 years quality years? Well if your risk of dying prematurely is increased because of your lifestyle choices, it doesn’t seem likely that you are going to have a reasonably high quality of life index during the same time period.
The good news!
This is all self-inflicted. This is all choice-driven….genetics plays a very small part in all of this incidently. This can easily be proven by looking at the public health data for multiple countries gathered globally…the results of which all speaks to the same underlying issues regardless of culture or genetic back round!
If you want to live longer and better, eat a healthy diet, take a few supplements, exercise vigorously on a regular basis, keep the stress down in your life, don’t work too hard and chase money and practice being happy….yes it takes practice for most of us.
Until Next Time
Stay Healthy, Stay Engaged!
Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
The Vitality Project.