Step into my tent and gaze into my crystal ball. I have a fortune to tell you.
While you may or may not believe in this kind of thing, I can actually tell you with almost complete accuracy how you are going to die. In fact, I can throw away the tent and the crystal ball, and even the silly hat I put on my head. All I need to tell you how you are going to die is a new report out by the Centers for Disease Control.
The report reports that there are the five leading causes of death in the United States are: Heart disease, Cancers, Stroke, Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (such as emphysema), and Diabetes. In fact, if you don’t die from some form of accident, the likelihood that you will die from one of these diseases is about 70%.
Among all of these diseases, diabetes is most likely to increase in the next few years; as this once rare disease and now is becoming epidemic.
What to do with that Information?
People say that you shouldn’t know the future because it can change things that shouldn’t be changed. But this time, armed with the knowledge of how you are going to die, you can change something that should be changed: how long you are going to live. Here is the key thing that you need to know about the most common ways that you are going to die: THEY ARE ALL PREVENTABLE!
And that is not just me saying they are preventable, but that is major associations saying that they are preventable. The American Cancer Society,
The American Heart Association (PDF), The American Diabetes Association all say that somewhere between 60 and 90 percent of these illnesses are preventable.
Think about that, not only do you know how you are probably going to die, but you also know that you can avoid a lot of pain and suffering in your life.
How to Prevent
Okay, now that you know you can prevent many of the major diseases you might get in your life, what do you need to do to make the chances that you will get those diseases much lower?
Here are the steps you need to take:
- If you smoke: stop
- If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation
- Don’t worry about coffee (unless you drink a ton) it actually contains many beneficial nutrients
- Get out and exercise
- Get out and exercise (I repeat this to make sure you understand how important it is)
- Get out and exercise (yes, it is that important)
- Don’t ever drink a soda ever again
- Follow the advice about eating in my book Sugarettes
- Get enough sleep
- Lose excess weight
- Learn how to handle or avoid stress
- Laugh more and don’t take yourself too serious
I find the best way to stay on track with all of these health suggestions is to constantly find new inspiration. Sign up to blogs (yes, even mine) or newsletters that give you information about health. Read books, talk with friends, go listen to speakers.
Everything in your life will try to convince you that it is easier to just stay on the path you are on. Get off that path and on to a better one. Eating better and exercising is work, but it is work that will pay off in huge dividends. You will have more energy, more vitality, feel better and more optimistic, and even get to stay on this planet a little longer.
Not too bad of a deal, huh?