Over the past several years, we’ve seen the rates of type 2 diabetes in the United States absolutely skyrocket. At this stage, there’s no doubt about it: lifestyle choices are playing a key role in causing this problem.
As far as I’m concerned, this is a threat to our collective health not only because of the harmful role diabetes can play in the body, but because of the myriad ailments that tend to be correlated with diabetes and its impacts elsewhere in the body, from the kidneys to the brain. For instance, did you know that type 2 diabetics may have as much as a 4x increase in risk for becoming a patient with Alzheimer’s?
All of this in mind, let’s look at what lifestyle choices can do to improve the healthspan of type 2 diabetics.
As the lifespan of the average person grows ever longer, we grapple with an important problem: how do we extend our healthspan, the period during which we can maintain an active and full lifestyle, to mirror our lifespan? An interesting study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society looked at the role lifestyle choices can play in doing just that.
According to the World Health Organization, the biggest threats to our health, globally, are now chronic degenerative conditions, not infectious diseases. What a transition! As opposed to various epidemics of diseases that were so common in our history, what is now threatening health, across the planet, is chronic degenerative inflammatory conditions – diseases that we most fear. These include things like Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and autoimmune conditions as well.
So it makes sense that we must do everything we possibly can, from a lifestyle choice perspective, to keep ourselves healthy and lower our risk for these chronic degenerative conditions.
No doubt lifestyle issues like diet and exercise have received a lot of press, but what we don’t hear about so often is the importance of social interaction. Continue reading
What my work, in Brain Maker and Grain Brain, boils down to, is giving you a lifestyle plan that you can follow to cause optimal health. Why do these factors matter? Why are these the choices you should make? Simple: because this is the best way to fight and reduce inflammation, the cornerstone player in diseases like Parkinson’s, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer.
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My concerns about lifestyle choices affecting genetic destiny began when I was a teenager. I wrote the below in The Miami News when I was 16.
It’s still early into 2014, but it’s never too early to make smart choices for your health. Last week, I laid out some steps you could take to start 2014 right and ensure a smooth transition into a lifestyle of eating for brain health. I’m curious to know: how has the transition been for everyone? What did you set as your specific goal, and how have you worked to achieve it?
Remember, this website is about more than just the information I share, and you should use the comments section here to share your concerns and seek advice from others. We’re all working together to build healthier bodies and brains!
I’ve seen many question come in from athletes who find it difficult to thrive on the 60 grams of carbs/day that the Grain Brain diet suggests. These individuals feel they aren’t able to perform at an optimal level, and have asked if it would be possible to stretch the upper bound of allowable carbohydrate intake to accommodate for their active lifestyle. I’d like to address this question, and similar ones, in this post, so that all may benefit from the answer.