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How four killers shaped my life

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Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013 1:29 pm | Updated: 5:27 pm, Tue Dec 3, 2013.

A few things happened to me as a young adult that are the reasons why health and wellness initially became a hobby.  

The first one was only supposed to be an annual checkup … until my new doctor said nonchalantly, “Oh, no matter what you do—eat right, exercise or watch your weight—you will end up with Type 2 diabetes. You can’t run from it, it’s in your genes.” The meaning behind simple words can do so much damage.  

I'm curious, how would you react if your doctor told you this while giving you a clean bill of health?

Later, my boss gave a speech during health week that went like this, “If you’re nearing age 40 and not taking any maintenance drugs for a chronic health condition, it’s because 1) you haven’t been diagnosed yet; or 2) you refuse to take your medicine.”

Now, there are “four killers” in my family that I’m always cognizant of. Here’s the scenario: deceased relatives would first develop high-blood pressure, then Type 2 diabetes, and they’d suffer a stroke; and if that wasn’t lethal, the heart attack usually was.  

Given these factors, what would you have done in my case?

I was determined not to become another statistic, so I took classes to learn about the body, exercise and health. Also, because of food allergies, I listened more closely to my body.

Today, given my family history and (ahem, age), I’m proud to have no chronic diseases or be on any medications. I’m cautious of the four killers, but I know that knowledge is power—today’s causes shape tomorrow’s effects and what you put in is what you get out. Don't you agree?

Also, (despite food allergies) I sometimes indulge because life is about finding balance in all aspects. It’s also about being present, and taking the best care of the mind, body, spirit connection. I’ve learned, too, that the weight of words only has license because of the power I give them.  Destiny is mine to decide.

Have you had any similar experiences? How has someone’s words influenced what you did, and do you think you would be the same person today without those experiences?

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