Chronic disease is on the rise and is threatening not only our longevity, but also our quality of life.
For the first time in the history of mankind, our life expectancy has begun to decline, and it’s not because we have reached the natural limit of the human body at 85 years of age.
It is because pharmaceutical drugs and surgical intervention can only get you so far. Ultimately chronic disease will win in the end.
Chronic disease is the single biggest health challenge facing people in the western world. Our diet, our largely sedentary lifestyle and the environment in which we live is all contributing to lifestyle related disease such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
At the core of the problem is inflammation. Our bodies are simply not designed to cope with long term, persistent levels of inflammation. But yet, poor eating habits supresses our immune system and leads to a leaky gut, which leads to inflammation – the precursor to chronic disease.
Think about it, here are the seven most common types of chronic disease, and they are all caused or linked to inflammation in the body.
- Arthritis – joint inflammation
- Asthma – lung inflammation
- Cancer – chronic inflammation which causes DNA damage
- Cardiovascular disease – arterial inflammation
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – lung inflammation
- Type 2 Diabetes – internal inflammation caused by high visceral fat
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s – brain inflammation
All of these diseases are largely preventable by eating a healthy diet, staying active and controlling the environment in which we live.
Genetics plays in fact a very small part in chronic disease. Just because breast cancer runs in your family doesn’t mean you will develop it. Just because dementia runs in your family doesn’t mean it will get you.
Diet, lifestyle and our environment all play a much bigger role than genetics.