In the fast paced culture we live in, unhealthy lifestyles sometimes take root. When you have worked hard it is all too easy to kick back at day’s end and relax with a cigarette, drink, or fast food. And, of course, those work hours and habits tend to become habits. Most of us promise ourselves we will do something about them soon.
But most important, Harvard Health tells us what the numbers show when we allow ourselves to age with unhealthy habits.
How lifestyle factors impact the need for nursing home care
A study published in the May 8, 2006, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine followed nearly 6,500 middle-aged and elderly people for 20 years. Among the more than 3,500 participants ages 45–64 when the study began, those who were obese, were physically inactive, smoked, or had diabetes or uncontrolled high blood pressure at the start of the study, were much more likely to be admitted to a nursing home.
Middle-age smoking increased the chance of a nursing home admission by 56 percent, physical inactivity by 40 percent, and uncontrolled high blood pressure by 35 percent. Diabetes more than tripled the risk.
Middle-age obesity was also associated with higher risk, but the association wasn’t statistically significant, meaning the numbers could have resulted from chance. All of these conditions, of course, can be modified with lifestyle changes.
I have relatives who have lived model lifestyles and enjoyed retirements well into their nineties. Others, not so much. They started smoking early and never really stopped. After that alcohol and diabetes became issues. The results there are much different and clearly traces roots to a lot of wrong turns.
Making the move to wellness really is a day to day call for all of us, but often our chiropractor can give us a boost to make it happen.
Seeing Your Chiropractor
Chiropractors believe wellness and routine chiropractic care should be as basic to our lives as healthy diets and daily exercise.
They offer the purest form of chiropractic care, providing full spinal adjustments using the diversified technique to check for subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine.
Subluxations are misalignments of one or more vertebrae in the spine and/or joints. When the misalignment is corrected it may have far reaching effects on back, neck and sciatica pain.
It may also help with allergies, TMJ, arthritis, headaches and migraines.
As a wellness clinic, the chiropractic focus is on daily stresses, aches and pain without use of medications or surgery.
I have known many friends and relatives who started seeing a chiropractor for wellness visits in their thirties and forties as they rooted out unhealthy habits and worked on good ones for diet, exercise and relaxation. By retirement they were still relying on their chiropractors for the assistance that helped them keep right on going.
If this direct focus on wellness sounds just as great to you as it does to majority of the people in the U.S., make an appointment and find out more.
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