Is it too late for prevention?
Never. The only thing may change, are the goals- such as if someone already has a terminal illness, at the point of needing hospice, or a genetic disease that cannot be reversed, then the goals become more palliative in improving their quality of life. However, did you know that millennials (born 1982-1994, rough estimate, as there are breakdowns in-between) have the lowest mortality rate, first time in history that a generation is lower than the ones before?
Why is this? Shouldn't we be living longer in each generation? One of the issues that yes, we have been living longer, but we've also been living sicker through managed care. Unfortunately most pharmaceuticals aren't appropriate in truly healing the conditions that tend to manifest through poor lifestyle, so when these habits, altered genetics, plus an environment that isn't exactly filled with chemical free products and foods, are all combined, the odds are most likely not in your favor. And while natural supplements are great, they're meant to supplement, and not replace, and unhealthful lifestyle, which is about 80%+ of what helps determine our health outcome.
While all this can seem overwhelming, the good news is that it's never too late to prevent. You can choose to become empowered about your health because many of those lifestyle changes also benefit even the simplest concerns you may be experiencing. Ladies, from the painful periods and acne in your teen years that could have been the first indication of hormone imbalances, and men, from the balding and 'low T' that's slowly been occurring over decades, that's developed into heart disease and infertility, are all clues that there was something deeper going on. Enter the rise of why there's so many different modalities needed to heal, to address the many reasons why these concerns developed.
Here are some ideas/steps you can take to become more knowledgable about your health:
- Talk to your family members & know your blood type- Sometimes I don't get as full a family history from someone as I would like, and it happens. We could be looking at concerns that have skipped a generation, investigate to see if there's a genetic mutation that requires supplementation, or perhaps further investigation into a concern. Also, it's always good to know your blood type (and if interested, check out the blood type diet book- it can help explain certain cravings, feeling good on some foods not others, and address various concerns).
- Keep asking why- Do you feel comfortable enough with your health professional, or feel like you have enough time to ask why? Why they're recommending a certain test, your trajectory of care, if there's other treatment options, etc. We are now in a day and age of the curious patient, the one who listens to their body, and ultimately, you know yourself best! And better yet, have a team of people on your side for care who talk to each other, to make sure you're also receiving the best care.
- Listen to your body- So many times we're on the go, brush off symptoms, and while a pill, natural or pharmaceutical, can relive a symptom, maybe there's something more going on. Take a step back and that's when knowing your family history, and having resources in your corner can help you decipher what could be going on. It doesn't always have to be catastrophic as modern medicine has taught ('go to the doctor when something is wrong'), but go to the doctor with the intention of are you doing all that you can for your health, as you're going about busting your butt in other parts of your life.