Breaking news: We are all going to die.
It's not a question of IF but WHEN.
And traditionally, we think about average LIFESPAN -- around 78 for American men and around 80 for American women.
But a far more relevant metric is HEALTH SPAN, or the number of years of your life during which you remain healthy and free of chronic diseases.
After all, what's 80 years worth if you live miserably for the last 20, dreading each day, depressed, and taking an alphabet soup of pills?
According to the CDC, HALF of Americans take at least one prescription drug daily and 1 in 4 take at least 3 drugs a day.
And these drugs are, in the vast majority of cases, for preventable lifestyle-related chronic diseases.
Further, the CDC reports that 72% of Americans over age 20 are now overweight or obese (which leads to numerous chronic diseases). I get it, these are just dry stats. But they are shockingly high, nonetheless. And what's most shocking is how much of a role our daily diet and lifestyle decisions play, not only in our health today but our long-term HEALTH SPAN.
We all need to become more aware of the daily decisions we make and their effect on our health.
What food are we consuming a lot of?
What food are we not consuming enough of?
How much alcohol do we consume in a given week?
How much added sugar and salt?
How much sleep are we getting?
What level of chronic stress are we exposed to?
How healthy are our relationships?
Do we take time out every day for ourselves and self-care?
Are we still smoking?
These are questions we should all be asking ourselves, even if we don't like some of the answers. Because in these answers lies the key to a healthy and happy life.