We have all heard the words, “life is a balancing act.” The phrase usually applies to mixing work, play, and other activities to achieve a healthy mental-physical state.
It turns out that the health of our body at the biochemical level is also a balancing act that involves numerous metabolic pathways interacting and communicating with each other within the cells of our tissues and organs. As with the adage, “too much work makes Jack a dull boy,” it is also true that too much exposure to certain external factors, such as toxins, carcinogens (impacted by smoking, for example), or even food, can create a metabolic imbalance.
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Before the industrial-agricultural revolution (about 150 years ago), food was relatively scarce and, consequently, expensive. Obesity was often associated with the privileged (hence the term “fat cat”), who could afford to eat well and do little else.
In the past two issues of the Juvenon Health Journal, we’ve utilized an important Harvard study – identifying the top preventable risk factors for premature mortality – as a springboard for a healthy lifestyle discussion.
While smoking and high blood pressure emerged as the top grim reapers, other factors were also significant. Obesity, physical inactivity and high blood glucose were each responsible for roughly one in 10 deaths. According to the mathematical model used by the researchers, 163,000 to 217,000 Americans die annually due to high blood glucose levels.