Avoiding Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases define aging for grandparents.

Aging and Grandparenting: It is never too late to start a healthy lifestyle. We can avoid many chronic diseases–or slow their progress–with diet, exercise, non-smoking, lack of alcohol abuse, and weight loss.

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Avoiding Chronic Diseases

By Joy Stevens

We don’t just want to be alive, we want to be healthy and alive to enjoy our grandchildren and our golden years on this planet…

At one point it was thought that changing lifestyle habits–not smoking, losing weight, diet changes, exercising regularly–had little effect after midlife. Now we know that is not so.

We used to call these chronic diseases “old age,” blame them on heredity, and feel that we had no control over them.

Now we know that more than old age and genes are in play here. Our lifestyle plays a big role in the development and progression of chronic diseases.

Quality of life determines how much time and energy we can put into being a grandparent. We don’t just want to be alive, we want to be healthy and alive to enjoy our grandchildren and our golden years on this planet without aches and pains, insulin, heart trouble, cancer, osteoporosis…..

At one point it was thought that changing lifestyle habits–not smoking, losing weight, diet changes, exercising regularly–had little effect after midlife.

Now we know that is not so. In fact, there is no age that we can say, “OK, that’s it. Now I am old enough to smoke like a chimney, eat meat and cheese daily, and enjoy my recliner chair until time for bed again. It’s too late for any other lifestyle to help me.”

Studies have definitely shown us that it’s never too late for health benefits if we quit smoking, lose a few pounds, get some exercise, and eat correctly.

It would have been nice if we had started our healthy lifestyle at 25–35–45 years of age.

But I didn’t and you probably did not either.

Fortunately, there is no time like the present for us to start! We can have much more control over our golden years that we ever thought possible.

At the same time, there are no magic pills to take so come along with CyberParent as we go through the best ways to slow aging and chronic diseases.

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