Most diseases that Americans die of today are preventable.Years ago, Americans used to die of infectious diseases.  However, we figured out how to cure those, and that’s definitely a good thing.  But now, we are more or less the authors of our own destruction.  We can point the finger at our culture, our family, our friends, big food corporations, etc.  But at the end of the day, we’re the ones who decide what food goes into our mouths and how much activity we get.  Not convinced?

What kills Americans today?  Largely heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm

What are the controllable risk factors for heart disease?  Smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, inactivity, obesity, diabetes, and uncontrolled stress.
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/risk-factors-heart-disease

What are the controllable risk factors for diabetes?  Obesity.
http://diabetes.webmd.com/risk-factors-for-diabetes

What are the controllable risk factors for lung cancer?  Smoking causes 90% of lung cancer.
http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-causes

Controllable risk factors are exactly what their name implies.  They are under control by each individual.  Uncontrollable risk factors are things like your age, gender, or family history.

So, my focus here is that your health future is not predetermined.  It is almost entirely yours to choose.  If you are willing to go through the trouble of exercise and healthy eating, you are very likely to be able to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and lung cancer.  And considering that those are some of the nation’s most prevalent killers, it’s smart to take the bull by the horns and do what must be done in order to keep yourself healthy and fit to be able to enjoy life to the fullest.

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