My First Blog

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By: Robert Melick

I would like to start off by talking about the importance of disease prevention. Many people live by the philosophy of “don’t fix it if it ain’t broken.” While this may make sense in other areas of life it does not make sense for taking care of one’s body. It is a whole lot easier to prevent diabetes, heart disease, and cancer than it is to cure it. These disease states are so complex we may never find a cure.

Just because one has a family history of cancer or diabetes does not mean you will get it. This is partly because diseases are not caused just by genetics and partly because even with a disease causing gene it still has to be turned on. The gene may be never be activated if one maintains a good diet, gets ample sleep, exercises and keeps stress to a minimum. We should not use genetics as an excuse to take poor care of our body. Lifestyle has an effect even greater than ones genes.

I would like to go further into stress and the effect it has on the body as I feel this topic is often overlooked. I will post this write up soon.

9 thoughts on “My First Blog

  1. Lucia Henkle

    I am glad I am going to start reading this blog. I am excited to see what ideas and facts you will share with us, since I know you are passionate about nutrition and health. 🙂

    I do have a family history of diabetes and cancer; But I need to make an effort to become healthier, so I can prevent being ill in the future. As you stated, just because it is in my genes, does not mean I will be sick too.

    I can’t wait to keep reading your blog and learn new things to improve my present and future quality of life. 🙂

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  2. Rita Henkle

    Me gusto mucho este tema y leerlo que la diabetes se puede prevenir con una dieta y un amplio sueño y que se pueda tener una vida sana para evitarla ya que es una enfermedad muy dura, y que eta enfermedad están en mi vinculo de mi familia.

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    1. RobertRobert Post author

      La tema es muy imporante a recuerda. Aunque tu tienes una enfermedad tu tienes un capicidad a preventer muchaaaaas enfermedadas! Tu tienes que estar mas cuidado que las otras : )

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  3. Julio E. Henkle

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as true today as in 1746 when Benjamin Franklin, one of the most extraordinary human being the world has ever known, said it. You can apply it to safety to avoid fire hazards and traffic, labor and home accidents as well as to keep a healthy body and mind.
    We have a chain of diabetes cases in our family, but as Robert say, the gene is only one of the factors that trigger the disease. At 65 years old there is no sign of it. We will try to maintain a good health sleeping well, eating a good diet, excercising body and mind and avoiding stress. 

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    1. RobertRobert Post author

      I agree that Franklin was a highly intelligent man and great philosopher. His words are as true today as they were in his time.

      People often overestimate how much genetics contribute to disease. Part of that I believe is science is excited to find a genetic base to illnesses so that they can discover a cure. An example of this is scientists want to
      label obesity as a genetic disorder. If it is a genetic disorder they can make medication and potentially make a lot of money. This also takes the individual blame and responsibility away from people that consume high amounts of calories and do not exercise. I believe this is very dangerous.

      If genes only play a small part science will have a hard time curing the disease outside of lifestyle changes

      I also believe that some people would rather blame their genetics than put in a lot of hard work to lose weight and eat healthy. It is understandable. Without proper motivation and knowledge eating healthy and exercising is difficult

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  4. Brenda Castillo Swaim

    Interesting!!!! I do have family history do Diabetes and cancer. Thank you Robert to help us and give us important information to prevent those Deceases. Simply by having a healthy diet and being active. Thank you

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    1. RobertRobert Post author

      Thanks for the comment! Many families in the US have a family history of diabetes and cancer. In other countries (many Asian countries) it is far less common. Diet and exercise can help prevent diabetes and cancer even if you have bad genes. Please keep commenting!

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