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.