Monday, February 4, 2013

Baby Boomers Not as Healthy As They Think!

One of Canada's largest demographics thinks they are healthy, but their lifestyles suggest otherwise.  Baby Boomers are headed for disaster in their later years.

Osteoporosis, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and arthritis are just a few of the chronic diseases that could be waiting for Baby Boomers.

Their chances to travel, play with the grandkids, exploring new hobbies and even to continue to earn income, will be limited, based on a recent study by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Very few will be walking or running a 5K or 10K race from age 50 on.

In the study, 80 percent reported that they are healthy, but nearly 85 percent don't eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetables daily, so necessary to feed the cells even a small portion of the antioxidants and minerals needed.

More than 40 percent fell short of ideal physical activity levels.  I'm not sure what their measurement is for that, but most studies suggest at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day.   Serious Baby Boomers work out at a gym at least three times a week, cycle, swim, jog or walk regularly.

A fifth of the respondents are smokers and 11 percent are heavy drinkers.

Nothing was noted in the Free Press report on this study about whether the Baby Boomers are taking nutritional supplements to fortify their bodies beyond what a healthy diet can do.  The other aspect is that few people actually know what an optimal healthy diet would be for every meal.

Toxins in the environment within the air, food, water and surroundings also take a toll on the body.

Check out this link for a FREE report on how to avoid the 5 Most Dangerous Silent Diseases that hit people 50 and over.   The time to avoid those is to start even in childhood, but it is never too late to adopt healthier habits.

Deanna Waters
Committed to Your Longterm Health and Happiness

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