Life’s Health Risks

I was reading an article on entitled “No Safe Limit: Even One Drink a Day Increases Risks.” This article focuses on research being done that establishes alcohol consumption may substantially increase the risk of diseases like cancer, coronary artery disease, tuberculosis and obviously road injuries. The article states, “Alcohol has long been recognized as a leading risk factor for disease burden and has been linked to 60 acute and chronic diseasthe radom beeres via all multitude of mechanisms, both through cumulative consumption and acute intoxication.” The article further states, “Studies have suggested that low-level alcohol consumption may [protect] against Ischemic heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions. However, such findings have been challenged by recent analyses.”

As I thought about the implications of the findings in this article, there was no question that alcohol consumption leads to terrible tragedies on our roadways daily. However, it was the other findings that were most intriguing as they brought to mind all of the continuing research advice we as laypeople get from the research component of our medical community about our eating habits and our lifestyles. To this day, I remain confused as to whether eating whole eggs or food prepared with whole eggs including the yolk are unhealthy or are now on the continuum of “not so bad for us”. I feel the same about beef and the implication of the potential adverse health effects of interspersing meat in your diet. I wonder about my vitamin regimen – Is it helping me stay healthy or am I just enriching the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture the vitamins and minerals that I take. I would hate to think that I’m merely passing all of this cash through my kidneys.  

The truth is, during my lifetime,the advice given to us as healthcare consumers about what we should eat, what we should drink, how much exercise we should receive, how much sleep we need and generally what we should expect at each stage of our life is a set
Are all the foods bad?

of fluid criteria. We can find opinions and research on all sides of the various eating and lifestyle experiences. We can also do our own research and find that advice of 25 years ago which was subsequently determined to be misdirected, is now, once again, in vogue as reasonable behavior.

What do we learn from these changing analyses of our lifestyles? The fundamental take away from the changes in advice and direction is that moderation should be the cornerstone of our lifestyles. We all know that drinking too much leads to alcoholism. That is a distinct illness as a standalone. We do not need researchers to tell us of the profound health risks associated with being an alcoholic. Not only does it abuse the body of the alcoholic, but it puts at risk their immediate family from levels of abuse that are directly attributable to drunken behavior. Further it puts the public at risk when an alcoholic chooses to drive.
We all see the statistics on the health risks of obesity; yet in our society, food consumption has largely become a drive-through experience. The idea of a family dinner with its balance between fatty foods and healthy vegetables and fruits is largely a thing of the past.

When it comes to the vitamins, I still intend to take mine every morning whether it serves as a psychological palliative or it really helps. It feels much the same as my perception of chicken soup; which, for many decades, has been a remedy for all sorts of medical issues. It may help or it may not help, but it won’t hurt you.   
As we head into Labor Day weekend, many of us will be thinking about how fast the summer has gone by. For each season of the year, our life balance changes. At Curus, this is a metaphor for the aging process. As we age, our health becomes a greater priority. When we are young, we have a sense of invincibility; and as we age, we recognize our growing limitations. Our company is committed to enhancing the quality of our members’ lives as they experience the transitions through the seasons of life.