We Need to Talk, Upgraders!
Yep, that’s right, we need to have a “heart to heart” talk. [Is it possible that there’s a paronomasia there? You know, a pun. I like to use those big words to help you exercise your brain 😉 , but I digress.]
If you are following the UpgradedSenior.Com and planning all the ways you are going to upgrade your senior years, there’s something you are going to need to do for me. That would be, STAY ALIVE long enough to work on all the upgrading opportunities we’ll be presenting on this website.
Bummer, dude. Did you know that based upon the 2010 statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading causes of death in the United States are:
- Heart disease: 597,689
- Cancer: 574,743
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
- Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
- Diabetes: 69,071
Yep, right there at Numero Uno is good old heart disease. Even though cancer (the one most of us probably worry the most about) is in the running, heart disease is the clear winner.
Two other leading causes of death that seniors tend to worry about are Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Sure, they’re scary too, but as you can see, they are minor leaguers compared to heart disease when it comes to permanently removing players from the game of life.[An aside: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conveniently omitted one leading cause of death – iatrogenic death, which is a death caused by medical intervention or error. It is disputed what the actual number of iatrogenic deaths per year is, but most sources place it easily in the top 5 of all causes of death, so in addition to the 5 secrets discussed below, avoiding the necessity for medical interventions by the medical establishment will greatly increase your risk of survival. See this article for more.]
It Gets Worse!
Remember back in 2008 when NBC News’ Washington Bureau chief Tim Russert basically dropped dead, apparently without warning, while working at the studio. Mr. Russert was, by my standards, quite young at age 58.
Unfortunately, while his was the most noticed death that day, roughly 1,650 other people in the United States alone succumbed to heart disease that same day. What is frightening is that for many people with heart disease the first and only symptom will be death. Not a pleasant thought for us seniors.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death not just in the US, but around the world. It accounts for 16.3% of the deaths in high-income countries. And, let there be no mistake, this is not just a “man’s” disease. A full 50% of the deaths of women in the United States are the result of cardiovascular disease.
So, what’s the point of the Upgrading Senior in Chief (me) bringing you all of this depressing information? Did I just feel like ruining your day? Surely you know me better than that! Here’s my point.
It’s Largely Under Your Control
That’s right. You’re not a condemned man or woman sitting on death row waiting for the Grim Reaper and his assistant, heart disease, to snuff you out.
If you’re old enough to be interested in this website, then you already know that life offers no guarantees. Any of us can depart this life at any time without warning despite the fact that we may be healthy, young, beautiful, rich, or just a really nice person. Death plays no favorites. We all understand that.
But, it’s a game of percentages and odds, and the odds are that if you take the right steps to protect yourself (can you say, “personal responsibility“), your percentage chance of going on living is increased – significantly!
What Is The Upgrade?
There is a huge amount of data that strongly suggests that there are 5 simple things you can do for yourself to massively reduce your risk of heart disease. These 5 things are far more effective, and less hazardous to your health, than any prescription drug on the planet.
I have your attention now, don’t I. Let me sweeten the pot a little. These 5 secrets don’t require you to run marathons, starve yourself, eat disgusting tasting “health” food, or otherwise suffer untold hardships that actually make you so miserable that you wish you could die.
What are the 5 secrets to avoiding heart disease? Before I tell you, a word of caution. Don’t read the 5 secrets and have a knee-jerk reaction that it can’t be that simple. It is. Now, without further ado, here are the secrets (They’re not really secrets. They’ve been around for a while. It just peaks your interest more if I call them “secrets”).
5 Secrets To Lowering Your Risk of Heart Disease
OK, let’s get the mandatory disclaimer out of the way first. Before undertaking any of the 5 secrets, please check with your physician to see if you’re actually healthy enough to go on living! If not, the doc can provide life support. Otherwise, here are the secrets.
There was a famous scientific study called “The Nurses’ Health Study” which followed over 100,000 women for more than 30 years. As far as I know, this study was the first to reveal the 5 secrets, which are:
- Consume a healthy diet (Dr. Bowden’s book referenced below can help you learn what a “healthy diet” is)
- Maintain a healthy body weight (if you do “1,” “2” will take care of itself)
- Engage in moderate physical exercise regularly (no marathons or triathlons required)
- Don’t smoke
- Limit alcohol consumption to moderate amounts, if you drink
That’s it! 5 secrets – all within your control – all simple to implement – and with an unbelievable combined effect on your longevity. As I said, don’t dismiss these “secrets” as too simple or unscientific. Simple, yes. Unscientific, no.
So, do you want to know what they concluded from the Nurses’ Health Study regarding the 5 secrets? Here it is:
The 5 secrets, properly implemented, can have the combined effect of lowering your risk of heart disease by (are you ready for this?):
Did you hear that? Eighty-Three pass the vegetables, where’s the gym, get rid of those cigarettes, I’ll have one small glass of red wine, Percent! Holy Health Club, Bat Senior.
If you find yourself wanting more details about the 5 secrets and longevity in general, there is an excellent book by Dr. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. and Certified Nutrition Specialist entitled,The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer, which I recommend for further reading. Dr. Bowden’s book will edify you immensely.
In conclusion, just let me say that you are One Stupid Upgrading Senior if you don’t think about, and act upon, what you’ve just learned in this article. And, permit me to remind you what Darwin’s Theory says happens to the stupid people in the gene pool 😉 !
OK, sorry. Sometimes I get a little over-zealous and perhaps a little blunt. Have a nice day.