Lifestyle Disease – Killer of Men Over 50
If you’re a man over 50, the biggest disease threat you face is your own lifestyle
Most men over 50 have heard about and read about the leading causes of premature death in their age group hundreds of times. Unfortunately, very few men recognize the common denominator to premature death: their personal lifestyle choices. “Genetics is the gun, lifestyle is the trigger’ said nutritional expert Ryan Fernandez of QUA nutrition.
Following are the top ten causes of premature death in men over 50:
- Heart Disease
- Unintentional Injuries
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Lung Diseases)
- Influenza and Pneumonia
- Kidney Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
No coincidence all of these premature death causes have the same factors in common:
- Poor diet and nutrition
- Sedentary lifestyle lacking vigorous exercise
So brining Mr. Fernandez’s quote into perspective, while we may be genetically predisposed to certain vulnerabilities, our lifestyle choices become the true driving force behind the probability of early death. Therefore, it’s time to begin thinking in terms of the true cause of premature death over 50: Lifestyle Disease.
The good news, our course, is that we can do something about lifestyle disease. Most men at one time or another harbor thoughts and anxieties about a surprise diagnosis showing a life-threatening or a terminal disease like cancer. At that point an afflicted person is in the hands of the medical profession with little control over their own outcome.
Lifestyle disease, however, places full control, good or bad, in the hands of the individual. And for men over 50, these lifestyle choices become even more critical because lifestyle is habitual, and for a man over 50 these “choices” have likely become long-seated habits, with cumulative effect and damage over many years.
But with a disciplined lifestyle game plan, anyone can overcome past regressions to regain control of their health and of their odds for avoiding major diseases that result in premature death. Here are three easy ways to avoid Lifestyle disease:
- If you smoke or consume more than four alcoholic beverages per week, stop. Stop complaining about how hard it is to quit, don’t lie to yourself and rationalize that you’ll quit “soon”. Stop now, these two lifestyle habits will kill you.
- Lose body fat. If you’re a man over 50, your body fat should not exceed 15% of your total body weight. If you don’t have the discipline to do this on your own, go see a nutritionist who can get you on the right diet.
- Exercise vigorously at least 5 times per week. In avoiding lifestyle disease, your time is best spent on resistance training (lifting weights) because of the multiple benefits brought by increased muscle mass. If you don’t know how to lift, and most people don’t know, hire a personal trainer who can show you proper technique.
While we can’t do much about our genetic predisposition, we can do everything in creating a best-case scenario for our longevity, and kicking lifestyle disease is the most important step you can take. It’s totally in your control and totally up to you.