HEALTHY AGING & SENIOR HEALTH
As we age as adults, we start to notice things about our health that make us feel like we were a kid again (or at least a young adult). We can't stay up late; We feel less flexible and sore all the time; We break easier; We see the doctor more often; and most of us are on at least three or four medications by the time we are forty.
Primary care doctors are struggling to fit multiple agenda items in the 15 to 30 minute visit and cannot meet every need of their patients, especially with chronic conditions. More than half of them leave primary care visits with a prescription and a lot are left feeling confused about what to do. The truth is that most patients are told to take medications to help reduce their symptoms, but we all know that medications have side effects and those side effects can lead to more medications, which creates an endless cycle of the need for more drugs; and in turn, lowers your life expectancy.
Here are some statistics in the declining health of adults today:
1 in 3 people live with cardiovascular disease
1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men are likely to develop cancer
1 in 3 people will develop diabetes by 2050
1 in 3 adults are overweight or obese
116 million people are living with chronic pain
US national healthcare expenditures are $53 trillion a year
More than 70% of Americans take at least 1 medication
The most prescribed medications are for heart, depression/
anxiety, and pain
Medications are blamed for over 100,000 deaths each year
Mmany adults are turning to the "secret to healthy aging. "Cosmetic surgery, weight loss programs, supplements, medications, and self-help magazines are everywhere full of empty promises to take 20 years off your life. However, the secret to healthy aging is not found in a medication or surgery, but by a lifetime of Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition (L.E.A.N) choices.
Causes of Unhealthy Aging
Oxidation results when free radicals attack your body’s cells causing hardened arteries, stiff joints, blurry vision, and wrinkled skin.
Inflammation results from a weakened immune system that makes our bodies more prone to sickness, diseases, pain, and an inability to repair naturally occurring wear and tear on the body.
Glycation results when “aging proteins,” or AGE’s, prevent healthy growth and repair of new tissues and cause things like wrinkles and stiffening of the arteries.
According to Dr. William Sears, author of bestselling book Prime-Time Health, one “-tion” leads to another. Glycation alters proteins, which the body in turn perceives as foreign, which triggers inflammation, which triggers oxidation and results in unhealthy aging.
The good news is that each of these causes of unhealthy aging can be slowed and even reversed! The secret to healthy aging is found when you make health your hobby and invest in your IRAH (Individual Retirement Account for Health). People who invest in their health enjoy better digestion, vision, skin, hearing, breathing, strength, and memory while experiencing fewer diseases and disorders.
DR. SEARS STORY
(Quoted from Dr Sears book Prime-Time Health)
"Even though I am a doctor, my health habits used to leave a lot to be desired. I grew up as an overweight overeater. I still cringe at the memory of my mother taking me into a department store to buy huskies, those big-waisted pants that chubby kids wore. My nickname was Templeton, after the overeating rat in the book Charlotte's Web. My first date with Martha, my coauthor and wife of forty-three years, was at an all-you-can-eat buffet--I figured that if the date was a dud, I'd at least be able to eat.
For most of our married life, Martha tired to change my eating habits. I remember asking her on one of our weekly "date nights" (when we put the kids to bed early and enjoyed a romantic dinner for two) what we were having for dinner. "Stroganoff," she said. Ah, my favorite. When I sat down to eat what looked and smelled like beef stroganoff, I took a bite and complained, "Martha, this tastes like dog food!" (She'd substituted tofu for beef.)
Cancer caused me to care. I should have listened to Martha and eaten the tofu, because in April 1997, at the age of fifty-seven, I underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy for colon cancer. During my recovery, I realized that I had been neglecting a vital aspect of planning for prime time--my health. Cancer caused me to care. Before that, I'd been a "wuss" (wait until you get sick--stupid!).
I vowed that I would not squander my health. I had too much to live for. As a physician, I knew that the human body is resilient and can bounce back and repair itself in many way--with the right care. So I began my journey back to health. I wanted to be an asset, not a liability, to my wife and children. I wanted to be active, pain free, and disease free, and to not only be at my grandchildren's weddings, but to dance at them. I wanted to be a healthy prime timer."
As a health coach, I do not have the authority to suggest you get off any medication, but with the right support, we can work together and with your doctor to reduce your dosage and maybe even say "goodbye" to a few for good. In the meantime, here are some services I provide to help you improve your health.