Grams, Nana, Oma, Yaya, Nonna, Tetta, Babushka, Tutu, Lola, Jiddah, Nina, Bella, Vovo; and the list goes on. Such are the endearing names for grandmother which originated in different parts of the world. These words connect us to our ancestors whether we are aware of their country’s origin or not. Each of us inherited a unique set of genes and with that, comes our native health history. Have you ever noticed when you first schedule an appointment with any doctor, the administrator hands you a lengthy health history form? The medical experts want to know everything about your genetics. This interrogation process starts with detailed questions about your parents and siblings, and it may continue far beyond your grandparents. Who in your family tree, had cancer, heart disease, diabetes?
Certainly, some aspects of our health we inherit genetically. We might discover a lot about ourselves when we study our ancestors. What is our response, when we learn that our grandmother had breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, or some other disease? What runs in our family tree? Does that insight into our health history give us a license to be reactive and neglectful? Should we put our hands up and surrender to our predictable fate? Heck NO! Really, quite the contrary. When we’re proactive, we can significantly reduce our risk of replicating these detrimental outcomes. Indeed, it’s possible to become a healthier self-manager in spite of our genetics. As cited in my book (page 12), a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), identified five chronic diseases that cause more than two-thirds of all death every year. These chronic diseases account for 75 percent of annual health care costs and are linked to three modifiable health-damaging behaviors: tobacco use, poor eating habits and lack of physical activity. BINGO!
In other words, most individuals suffer and die from health setbacks not as a result of their genetics; but from the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle. This means that a vast majority of health issues can be prevented. Perhaps you started smoking at a young age, or you began using food or alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with life’s stress. You might believe those destructive cycles are embedded in your DNA, but I have good news. That is not your destiny! Bad habits might hold you back temporarily; but they do not permanently define you. It’s never too late to gain control over your lifestyle and health. The power is in you! It’s possible to break free from those unhealthy behaviors and reclaim a new lease on your life and health. How? Just read ‘The Proactive Health Solution’!!! In the long-term, this self-empowering book will do more for your health and well-being, and bring you more benefits than you can possibly imagine. Don’t wait any longer. Do something good for yourself now! Click here to order your copy today!
Matthew 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”
Psalm 22:4 “In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.”