Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Root Of The Problem

"What happens to us at the end of life has it's roots early in life." This quote from David B. Agus, M.D. is just sticking in my mind.  It's like the tune that you find yourself listening to in your brain for hours.  As I thought about it, I was reminded of the times I have seen people 50, 60, 70 and older with a bandage on the face or even for men a bald head.  The first thing I think of was a trip to the dermatologist and a biopsy for skin cancer.

However, it was not yesterday's sun exposure or even last year's that cause the issue.  If it was caused by too much sun exposure, it was most likely from way back in the younger years.  The same theory applies to heart disease and diabetes as well. It's not so much what might be the present practices that are causing the problem, but what we have been doing all along.  As Dr. Angus says, "Prevention is the most important tool for aging".  While most of us don't give health much thought in our younger healthier years, there's a lot of truth here and it's never too late for change.

Resource: The Lucky Years: HOW TO THRIVE IN THE BRAVE NEW WORLD by David B. Agus, M.D.