I was walking behind a couple the other day talking about their friend that just got diagnosed with diabetes. I overheard the women make the statement, “bad things always happen to good people.” This interesting phrase I have heard before, but this time it had a different meaning for me. It seems like we always blame something or someone else for our health problems and don’t take any responsibility at all. Now, I am not saying that we are responsible for all health problems i.e. brain tumors. But most chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and Type II diabetes are caused as a result of overeating, not exercising, and/or smoking.
The World Health Organization (WHO) wrote a report called, “Preventing Chronic Diseases: A Vital Investiment.” This report states that about 60% of all deaths are due to chronic diseases. It also mentioned that 36 million people could be saved by 2015, if we could can prevent these diseases.
Their friend may have had a family history of diabetes, but they still could have taken control of their own environment. Similiar to the blueprint of a house, each individual has a unique genetic blueprint of their own. To build the house, it has to be decided what wood, nails, brick, etc. to use and to control our own environment you have to decide what to eat and whether to exercise. Good person or not you have to take responsibility for what you put in your mouth and how long your a** sits on the couch.
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