Lifestyle (10)

Did you know that having healthy relationships can improve overall health and help prevent illness- even chronic illness? It is called social wellness or social well-being. In this era of non-face-to-face digital social networking, people are becoming more isolated than ever. The health risks of isolation have been proven to be comparable to those of smoking cigarettes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Celiac disease, sometimes called celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

If you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in your small intestine.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.

Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain crucial hormones. Because hormones are secreted into the bloodstream, their sites of origin are often divorced from their functions. Like BMP4, a thyroid hormone, for example, acts in many tissues but the site of origin of this thyroid hormone (in a gland in the neck) is not functionally relevant to the sites of action of the hormone.

Type 2 diabetes is an impairment in the way the body regulates and uses sugar (glucose) as a fuel. This long-term (chronic) condition results in too much sugar circulating in the bloodstream. Eventually, high blood sugar levels can lead to disorders of the circulatory, nervous and immune systems.

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: Social distancing, working from home, remote schooling, self-quarantine are just some of the examples of how lifestyle plays a big part in our pathology prevention efforts. When we take control of our lifestyles like these and others such as not smoking, eating more nutritiously, exercising, getting enough sleep, and practicing good hygiene we fight pathologies, and lots more. Medical expenses for lost work, medicine, and health care go down. This impacts our national economy, but maybe even more importantly the quality of our life. We build our personal self-reliance capabilities and improve our level of wellness. Lifestyle is also a major factor of the chronic disease epidemic in the US, which if continues, will destroy the US health care system before 2025.

   Now, the most common chronic illness for aging adults is arthritis. Many forms of arthritis can be prevented and treated by means outside of medication. Does this mean you never take medication for arthritis? No, it does not. There are many treatments that are complementary to medication. But Health Guardians need to do more to keep arthritis from getting to a point where medication is the only treatment. How? One: keep joints moving. Two: keep excess body weight off joints. Three: start a simple strength training routine. These three decisions will go a long way toward knocking arthritis off the top of the chronic illnesses chart. Determination is strong medicine. Action is strong medicine. A support system is strong medicine. The Health Guardian uses about everything from diet, to exercise, to creating a family safety net, to help them in the fight against arthritis and other conditions.

   For many of us, our history with change makes this possibility hard to imagine. For the Health Guardian, it is this possibility that we commit to, and turn change efforts into reality. In this department, we introduce you to The Health Guardian’s Change Roadmap (HGCR), change process methodologies that dramatically increase your ability to navigate your desired health changes, and its transformation, successfully. The HGCR has been developed through thirty years of application in medical context across all types of efforts from, weight loss, fitness, nutritional diets, sleeping, and living with chronic disease. It will help you plan, design, and implement a comprehensive change strategy and process plan to deliver your results at optimal speed, effort, and cost.

   A culture has a set of common values. Values are the foundation of the culture. Values give the culture an overarching purpose and guide as to how each member acts and behaves in different situations. The Health Guardian must be aware of these cultural values, recognize the impact they have on health and overall wellness. The Health Guardian contributes to cultural values for positive change, endure existing values and the resulting health impact, or become isolated from that culture.

   Healthy relationships are a vital component of health. Isolation—the lack of social contact—has been studied extensively. Researchers have found that isolation is linked to negative health impacts, including increased blood pressure; higher rates of colds and flu; heightened substance abuse; greater incidence of dementia and cognitive decline; higher mortality rates from breast cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.