There is a common health misconception that, once you get a chronic disease like diabetes, you’re stuck with it for life.
In the United States, 90% of healthcare spending goes to chronic disease treatment. And most conditions are caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Even if it’s due to environmental or genetic factors, Dr. Dean Ornish and Anne Ornish’s research proved that simple lifestyle changes like eating well and being physically active can not only prevent, but also reverse chronic diseases!
So which chronic diseases are reversible? Here’s a shortlist:
- Heart disease
- Type-2 diabetes
- Early-stage prostate cancer
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Early-stage dementia
- Autoimmune conditions
OK, not exactly a shortlist. But, that just goes to show how powerful simple lifestyle changes can have on our minds and body.
You must keep an eye on 5 Pillars of Whole Health, which covers your:
- Physical health - like eating well and staying active
- Mental health - like managing stress and thinking positively
- Social health is building and maintaining good relationships
- Financial health - taking care of your personal finance
- Medical health - blood pressure and weight control.
All five pillars are critical to strengthening your immune system to prevent and reverse chronic diseases. Neglecting one area can negatively impact other areas of your health.
Here are some lifestyle habits to help you get started:
- Eat healthy meals - eat a balanced diet with vegetables and white meat, and watch your portion size
- Be physically active – physical activity like exercise, walking, or even doing chores in the house are all great ways to stay active
- Get quality sleep – Getting enough quality sleep is important to your overall health, try to aim for 7-9 hours of good sleep.
- We’ve identified 10 lifestyle habits that cover the 5 Pillars of Whole Health from evidence-based research. Check out this video to learn about all 10 lifestyle habits necessary to prevent and reverse chronic diseases.
Chronic diseases – such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, and heart disease – are leading causes of death and disability. The Liu Foundation offers philanthropic GoLively app and video series promoting evidence-based lifestyle habits to prevent chronic diseases. GoLively integrated Harvard, Stanford, and CDC’s Public Health findings into an easy-to-use behavior conditioning app and series of lifestyle motivation videos to prevent chronic diseases.
GoLively app and videos cover physical, mental, social, financial, and medical health aspects with 10 healthy lifestyle habits. GoLively enables corporate social responsibility to lower the annual $4 trillion spent on preventable chronic diseases in the United States. Healthy habits can lead to improved employee health, saving healthcare cost, increasing productivity, and morale. Download the Lively Habits app to help you keep track of your 10 healthy lifestyle habits. Go Lively!