Life Expectancy Rate in USA Declined Again In 2017

For the second year in a row, the life expectancy rate in the United States has declined. Though deaths from opioid addiction have played a major role in this unfortunate national statistic, chronic diseases such as heart, stroke, diabetes and cancer still are the number causes of death in our country. While opioid addiction is 100% preventable, we also know that about 70% of serious, chronic diseases such as those mentioned above and others as well are preventable by early detection and making healthy lifestyle choices.

Give the Body What It Needs

I think many of us think that good health is something you are blessed with.  I know years ago I used to think that way. However, I now know that for most of us good health is a choice and that good health (for the most part), has to do with how each of us chooses to live. It really comes down to this, if you give the body what it needs to function as it efficiently as it can, it will be better able to defend itself from illness and disease. In the event that the body does become diseased or is injured, it will be in a better position to expedite the healing process and restore itself to normal functioning.

Start the New Year Choosing Healthy Living

I believe that a major reason why so many of us are getting sick at younger ages with serious, chronic diseases such as those mentioned above, is that many people do not realize how much control they have over their own health. The beginning of a new year is a time when many people make “New Year’s Resolutions” to do things that can improve their lives. So why not resolve to learn as much as you can about how to be as healthy as you can be. There are many resources available such as: books, videos, DVDS and websites like ChooseMyPlate.gov.  You should also see your primary healthcare provider at least once a year and consult with him or her about what lifestyle choices or changes they recommend you do to improve your health and wellbeing.

I wish for everyone to have wonderful, happy and healthy New Year. I also implore you to choose good health in 2018.

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