Over the last fifteen years I have observed health and fitness described with such complexity its attainment seems impossible, and I have observed it described with such simplicity that one might assume no special knowledge or expertise is involved. I can say, that it is as simple as
“chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are the two root causes of most chronic diseases” and that “attaining a healthy body composition and health are interdependent”. I can say that my star female client achieved a transformation from a size 16 to 4, a 5% increased lean mass, put her type 2 diabetes in remission, and improved her blood markers for heart disease.
A quick summary of the two root causes of most chronic diseases is as follows. Oxidative stress is the effect all our cells experience as a result of creating energy for themselves. There is a healthy level of oxidative stress, and there is an excessive level which can actually lead to a degradation of the energy makers in our cells and the programming that tells the cell how to function. Chronic inflammation is caused by those things that activate our immune system. Those people who are overweight or obese essentially have chronic inflammation occurring without obvious signs. Dr. Chris Hardy and Marty Gallagher, co-authors of “Strong Medicine” note that most chronic inflammation and oxidative stress which cause preventable diseases are the result of our body trying to adapt to the outside “environment.” This environment includes:
• The food we eat.
• The quality of our sleep.
• Our physical activity.
• The stress in our lives.
According to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, four healthy lifestyle factors - never smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and following a healthy diet - together appear to be associated with as much as an 80 percent reduction in the risk of developing the most common and deadly chronic diseases. The four factors were associated with a 93 percent reduced risk of diabetes, 81 percent reduced risk of heart attack, 50 percent reduced risk of stroke and 36 percent reduced risk of cancer.*
So have we been in the dark? There has been a 45% increase of death due to heart disease from 1940 to 2013 and a 72% increase in diagnosed diabetes from 1980 to 2010. There are certainly a multitude of causative factors that have influenced our diet and activity; the fast pace of our lifestyles, long work days, TV, video games, conveniences that eliminate natural movement and activity, and the heavy consumption of manufactured foods may be a few. Are you exercising? A sedentary person can lose 1% of muscle mass per year beginning from age 24 and up to 40% from age 40 to 80! This so called “natural muscle loss” (Sarcopenia) is related to metabolic problems such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
There is a progression of a lifestyle disease such as type 2 diabetes; insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, diabetes. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported in a 2014 report that there is a silent population of 27.8% who have diabetes and are not yet diagnosed! This does not include those who are pre-diabetic or have some level of progressing insulin resistance. The National Institute of Health points out that Insulin resistance and prediabetes usually have no symptoms. People may have one or both conditions for several years without knowing they have them. Pre-diabetes usually occurs in people who already have insulin resistance. Although insulin resistance alone does not cause type 2 diabetes, it often sets the stage.*
*References on file with Keady Family Practice
About Lifestyle Works:
Lifestyle Works is a health and fitness program offered by Keady Family Practice utilizing FirstLine Therapy by Metagenics. Metagenics is a California based dietary supplement manufacturer specializing in medical foods and supplements. FirstLine Therapy is a proven program that incorporates personal lifestyle medicine involving changes such as healthy nutrition, nutritional protocols, exercise, and stress management. The program utilizes Boston Heart Diagnostics to provide an extensive blood lipid profile to determine the exact condition of the participant’s health at that exact moment and guide individualized treatment plans and lifestyle changes. Keady Family Practice has offices in Newport and Charlestown, NH.
Brad Eaton - MBA, Ed.M, PN1, FMS1, USA Weightlifting and Sports Performance
Lifestyle Coach, Lifestyle Works Team at Keady Family Practice