Since I have been away from my blog for a while I thought it fitting to start posting again in celebration of National Nutrition Month, and as I pulled up my blog I realized this would be my 100th post!
So to kick off this month I would like to share some interesting tidbits from an article in the issue of Diabetes Forecast I just received. Christy L. Parkin, associate editor, talks about a lecture Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, gave at the annual meeting for diabetes educators last summer.
The topic was the genetic influence on aging and how we can prevent diabetes or diabetes complications.
Here are my two favorite quotes from this article . . . .
- By the time you reach 50, lifestyle dictates 80% of how you age, and only 20% is genes
- Four factors cause 75 percent of chronic diseases and they are all within our control . . . tobacco, food choices/portions, inactivity, and stress
What I take away from this is that since I am now 40 something with a family history of diabetes, it is even more important for me to stay active, control portions, make healthy food choices and practice stress management. Yet our tendency as we age is to get less activity and gain weight. Guess this gives me another reason to get on my treadmill tomorrow!
Stay tuned for more