Answer my Question: "What are 5 things you are worried about in regards to the US population and Health?"

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Question: “What are 5 things you are worried about in regards to the US population and health?”

Answer: I will give you my list and then explain each:

  1. More than 1 in 2 adults have prediabetes or diabetes.
  2. 3 out of 4 adults have hyperinsulinemia.
  3. 1 in 2 women will develop cancer.
  4. 1 in 3 men will develop cancer.
  5. 1 in 4 adults has a fatty liver.

This is crazy to think about - in simple terms most Americans are overweight, and due to the weight they are going to give themselves a disease that is 100% preventable with nutrition, exercise, and better sleep habits.

Hyperinsulinemia - means your insulin levels in your blood are elevated - maybe not diabetic levels yet but means you are on the path. Not good. And avoidable!

Both #3 and #4 are from this article: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/288916.p... Why is this happening? My guess - the carbohydrates that most people consume come from refined carbs and seed oils. This means elevated consumption of sugar, which coincides with being overweight and that happens to be a leading cause of cancer: (https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/prevention-and-healthy-living/obesity-weight-and-cancer-risk).

Similar to #3, men just like women are overweight and because of this are more inclined to develop cancer.

The fatty liver is probably caused by overeating, eating too much fat, drinking too much alcohol, and not exercising enough. The excess consumption of calories may cause the fat to accumulate in the liver.

What does this mean for you? You had better start exercising and taking nutrition seriously if you aren’t. If you are concerned for future generations, realize that you have the potential to be a positive role model and teach them that exercise is for life(no matter the age, you can exercise) - not just for middle school, high school and college aged people (more often playing sports with more free time).

As a nation we should make smarter choices when it comes to seed oils - here is a blog I wrote about “Healthy Cooking Fats”. We should be more aware and weary of sugar, especially sugar we are consuming in drinks. Ideally, soda would disappear from being such a readily available option.

The thing is we, as humans, were meant to exercise daily - you need 30 minutes a day is my suggestion, eat less processed foods, nuts and seeds, and don’t drink your calories - water is great for you.

I hope this helps.

If you have follow up questions - or would like me to dive deeper - let me know. Sean@oregoncrossfit.com - Subject Line “Answer my Question


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