Avoiding illness

It is true to say that there are no guarantees in life, other than dying. I once read that many modern day diseases are preventable and are primarily related to our lifestyle choices and I believe it.

It is estimated that about 30% of illness will happen despite what we try, because there will still be other considerations and that 70% of illnesses may be avoided by living a healthy lifestyle.

There is also evidence to suggest the environment plays a significant part on disease and will play an increasingly important role. This arises from factors such as the increasing world population, we rely on more electronic equipment producing radiation and resources, generally become more scarce and the widespread introduction of GMO crops.

The World Health Organisation has stated that 80% of the diseases are attributed to the environment. This is hard to ignore, but is one we don’t often consciously think about and should, as we go about our daily routines.

Ultimately, I believe we should all be working on these scenarios so that we lead healthier lifestyles. Additionally, I also think we need to deal with stress and any outstanding emotional issues that we ignore.

Our emotions and stress are an important and significant part of us staying well. I would even go so far as to suggest this is a very important aspect of our wellbeing and has to become an integral part of anyone’s approach to striving towards a healthier lifestyle.


22 Feb, 2014

4 thoughts on “Avoiding illness

  1. I agree with you totally. We need to live healthy lifestyles if we want to avoid some of the disease processes out there.

    Of course there are other factors we can’t do anything about, like genetics and the environment. We can avoid the environmental factors if we live in a bubble, but we can’t do that.

    We can however try to make the environment safer and we can avoid the GMO products that seem to be growing rapidly. But genetics we can’t avoid. By living a healthy lifestyle, we can however decrease the severity of the problems. For example, my grandfather (my mother’s father) had a silent heart attack when he was 62 and my mother inherited that. She had a silent heart attack when she was 60.

    I need to live as healthy a lifestyle as I can to decrease my chances of having one, but I have other genetic factors to consider, which increases my chances of a heart attack like my diabetes, so a healthier lifestyle is very important to me.

    Then there are the diseases that happen no matter what you do. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42. There wasn’t a family history of it. She had mammograms and it didn’t even show on them. The diagnosis was made by biopsy of a lump she had for 2 years that didn’t show on the mammograms.

    Then there are all these new drugs that appear on the market. I believe part of a healthy lifestyle is trying now to be on prescription meds.

    I believe in natural medicine totally and to me natural medicine involves what we eat. Fruits and vegetables all have some sort of medicinal affects.

    1. Thanks Lisa! From what I know there doesn’t have to be a family history of breast cancer for us to get breast cancer. Anyone can get it and diet plays a part. Diet plays a big part in health issues. We need to educate ourselves more on the role of food and how food changes health.

      It sounds like your mother’s mammogram diagnosis was missed. We have had cases in England too whereby women have been given the all-clear then found out months even years down the line that they have the disease.

      There are some genetic disorders that we cannot avoid you’re right, but there are others that we can avoid by living a healthier lifestyle. I know when my mother was alive, she wouldn’t touch any conventional drugs and I tend to go with the same thinking. Although alternative supplements are expensive, I believe they will keep us more well for longer.

      I do believe there is a place for conventional meds too, but if we work on a healthier lifestyle and follow the rules of the road, hopefully we’ll never have to deal with illness or disease.

      I agree because you have and deal with diabetes you increase your risk of heart problems so lifestyle does matter of course, but whether we deal with something or not, we should still incorporate healthy lifestyle choices.

      My blogs give me food for thought on how I choose to live my life. I hope they help others too in that respect. Thanks Lisa.

  2. I try to do all of the things you describe in your healthy lifestyle suggestions. I don’t always get it right but I agree with you that our lifestyles hugely influence our wellbeing.

    It is a shame that approaches to modern medicine still don’t seem to have caught up with the importance of our emotional health and places too much emphasis on paying General Practitioners on hitting arbitrary targets, for example on flu vaccines given and the like.

    1. Ditto on your thoughts. In England this is exactly how it works. If they did concentrate on people’s emotional wellness as standard, just think how much better off the NHS would be.

      There would be less of a drain on their pockets. I agree.

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