Who would disagree that we’re living in a wondrous age?
We’re in an era of scientific discovery and technological advance that our grandparents thought of only as science fiction. But we may also need to rethink and recalibrate some of the simpler things if we want to live healthier and longer.
Driverless cars, taxis no less, are about to become mainstream.
Virtual reality is becoming less virtual by the day.
Biomechanics, cybernetics and nanotechnology have combined to reach a stage where soon damaged limbs and organs, even eyes and ears, can be rebuilt in a way that could only be dreamt of by our parents’ generation.
Major advances in medical diagnosis and treatments are so common they go almost unnoticed and largely unreported unless they can furnish a snappy headline or fodder for online clickbait.
Perhaps it is the very speed at which the world continues to change that has left us unable to adapt to some of its demands.
Mental health problems, many of them stress and anxiety related, are reaching epidemic proportions around the world.
More than two thirds of us suffer from sleep disorders, a hidden menace which impacts every area of our health.
Substance abuse, whether alcohol, narcotic, pharmaceutical, legal or illegal, is overwhelming all attempts to deal with it and swamping our emergency services.
Even the much vaunted global rise in obesity can be traced to a more general cause that links all these issues.
We’re just not coping with the world we’ve built around us.
We all have to cope with job insecurity, longer working hours, increasing living costs, pension shortfalls etc. etc. not to mention the ever present background of climate change, terrorism, economic uncertainty and all the other global threats that the news outlets explain in vivid detail nearly every day.
Is it any wonder we’re all in a bit of state?
So what can we do?
Surely, unless planning to run for high office, all we can do is recognise those parts of our lives over which we can exert an influence and consider whether we need to change.
The work/life balance, for example, is something often talked about, but have any of us really done anything to achieve it?
When you think of your daily routine, does it help to maintain your health or are health matters something you punt down the road to be dealt with when there are less pressing matters that need your attention?
Unfortunately the pressing matters will always be there; your health may not.
Even the simple issue of when you pause to eat during the day is more than worthy of consideration.
Just last week a major study revealed that most of us do the exact opposite of what we should do when it comes to meals.
However counterintuitive it may seem, the evidence supports a complete rethink.
Rest and sleep are equally vital to health, both mental and physical.
One of the most deadly killers is high blood pressure, a condition directly affected by stress and lifestyle.
We shouldn’t be lulled by screaming headlines into thinking that only fat people and smokers have heart attacks.
Those factors increase the risk enormously of course, but the scary fact is that nearly half those who suffer a cardiac event or a stroke would have appeared to be perfectly healthy prior to the attack.
If you haven’t already, particularly if you are over 55 or you know there is a history of heart troubles in your family, you should make yourself aware of both your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels.
Even if you live the healthiest of lifestyle and have the physique of an Olympian, knowing there is a risk is the main and most important contribution you can make to preventing future problems.
If you are thinking of taking action to lower your cholesterol, there is a natural supplement that you can take which will make that task easier.
Whatever else happens in the world, if you look after yourself and your loved ones, you’ll stand a far better chance of dealing with everything else.
If your circle of love extends to a family dog, there was a report out of Bristol University of which you should be aware.
Lyme disease is a horrible affliction made all the more tragic by the fact that it results from the utterly random act of an insect bite.
More precisely, it is caused by the bite from a tick that happens to be carrying the bacteria which causes the disease.
The number of cases in the UK is relatively rare, but the actual figure is obscured by the fact that many sufferers go undiagnosed unless chronic symptoms appear.
Unfortunately, however, the recent changes in our seasonal weather have led to a marked increase in the number of these horrible things.
Worse still they are using dogs as a handy source of nutrients.
In a screening of dogs by vets across the UK nearly 1 in 3 was found to be carrying a tick.
Thankfully the risk is still minimal, but for Rover’s sake as well as your own, you might want to check occasionally to make sure your household doesn’t harbour an unwanted guest.
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