Bill Clinton Explains Why Today’s Youth Headed For Shorter Lifespan 06/03/12

After his second heart attack President Bill Clinton realized that medical treatment alone was not enough to stop plaque build up in his artery wall, he explained during his June 1st, 2012 interview on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.  He ultimately realized that dietary and lifestyle changes are the primary factors that determine the rate of plaque build up in the artery wall, and he decided then that he wanted to live long enough to see his grandchildren come into the world. He has subsequently followed a vegan diet, with some occasional salmon he stated. It is readily apparent that he has lost body fat and is more fit and vibrant than he was before he made the lifestyle transition.

Clinton went on to explain that the trillion dollar annual health care bill could be cut by approximately 200 billion if US citizens would simply become more realistic about the appropriateness of their dietary habits regarding refined sugars alone. Clinton defended New York City’s Mayor Michael Blumberg’s proposed ban on the sale of any soft drink over 16 ounces (1 pint), which will be outlawed across the city by March 2013. Restaurants that don’t fall in line will be slapped with a $200 fine.

Clinton drew attention to the fact that type 2 diabetes is now showing up in 9 year olds and that childhood diabetes, and those teetering on the edge of diabetes, (along with the growing childhood obesity problem) are creating a US population whereby today’s children will have shorter lifespans than their parents. The wake up call is simply that drugs alone are not going to solve this problem. As a society we have been duped into the mindset that modern medicine will solve new health problems as they arise, just as they have largely done for the life-threatening infectious diseases of past eras (TB, small pox, etc). But this time it is different. Drugs and new drugs are not going to be the answer. How sad it is that we now live in the most affluent time in history, and have such a clear understanding of how to live long, healthy, highly functional lives, and yet most people undermine their own chance for longevity and quality of health by employing dietary and lifestyle habits that are largely deplorable and reprehensible, given our current state of knowledge about the relationship between diet and disease.

Those of us who understand the importance of the wellness movement, who take reasonable proactive steps to stay healthy by remaining at or near our ideal weight, exercising, being judicious in our intake of refined sugars and starchy carbs, reducing our intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, deep fried foods and transfats as much as possible, not smoking, using alcohol judiciously if at all, should not be considered weirdo health nuts. This is the way that you give yourself the best chance to have a highly functional body and mind for as long as possible. It’s the lifestyle plan that allows you to stay productive, and have the quality of life nature intended us to have. And its the best way to reduce the chances of  developing an otherwise preventable health problem that may make taking care of you a burden to the people you love.

As you likely know, I also support the use nutritional supplements as well, and the first consideration in regards to supplementation is to counter the shifts in the body’s aging clock to keep you highly functional, as the years tick away. Diet and exercise alone can’t do it by themselves we have realized. I explain supplementation and the body’s aging clock at the top of the home page at www.meschinohealth.com. Simply click on the icon addressing your gender and age group, and watch the short video. I think you’ll find it quite fascinating.

Bill Clinton has it right. We need to be proactive in our lifesyle practices if we want to have a full, healthy life. Thank goodness for medical technologies, but each of us has self-responsibility that is equally or more important than drugs and medical treatments, in many cases. The role of smart dietary, physical activity and supplementation practices, along with avoiding known cancer-causing agents,  are the most important things that decide a person’s lifespan and quality of health, in most cases. And most people can be doing better in these areas.

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