Think You Know What the World’s Most Deadly Disease Is? You Probably Don’t
Do you know what the most deadly disease is – the health problem that is most likely to end our lives too early?
You might think it’s heart disease.
And heart disease is shockingly common. Studies show that almost 60% of us will suffer from a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure in our lifetime.
But the most deadly disease is MUCH bigger than heart disease.
You might think it’s cancer.
And cancer is shockingly common. Studies show that almost 40% of us will have cancer in our lifetime.
But the most deadly disease is MUCH bigger than cancer.
You might think – at least in recent years – it’s COVID.
And COVID has caused over 6 million deaths – and counting. But the most deadly disease is MUCH bigger than COVID.
In fact, the most deadly disease is the root cause of most heart disease many cancers and puts people at the highest risk of becoming critically ill or dying from COVID.
And despite these devastating effects – most people have never heard of it.
The most deadly disease is metabolic disease.
And most people haven’t even heard about metabolic disease for two reasons:
1. While metabolic disease has been around as long as humans have been, the skyrocketing epidemic of metabolic disease is relatively new – over the last few decades. Today, almost 90% of us have at least one sign of having metabolic disease.
2. Metabolic disease is not just one thing. It’s a combination of health problems that often go together – and work synergistically to make us sick – and take our lives too early. Experts estimate that the average person loses 23 years of healthy life – and most of this loss is due to metabolic disease.
So, how do you know if you have metabolic disease?
Here’s how. You may have metabolic disease if you are one of the 88% of us who has one or more of the following:
· An unhealthy weight
· High blood pressure
· High blood sugar levels
· Unhealthy cholesterol levels
I understand if it’s frightening to find out you have metabolic disease. Nobody wants to be at high risk for the leading cause of death, disease, and disability – the thing most likely to take healthy, vital years away from us, but here’s why it’s so important to know you have metabolic disease NOW.
Because metabolic disease is very treatable – and healing your metabolism by treating the ROOT CAUSES will dramatically lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, and even dying from COVID.
By as much as 80%!
But here’s what most don’t understand – the best treatment for metabolic disease is NOT just a pill or an operation. Expert medical care is essential to treating metabolic disease, but if you stop there – if you rely on healthcare alone to treat your metabolic disease – you are NOT getting the best care – by a long shot.
How To Treat Metabolic Disease
TREAT THE ROOT CAUSES
All CAPS is for emphasis – and this point cannot be emphasized enough.
Yes, it makes sense – everyone understands the concept that treating the root cause of a problem is better than just putting a band-aid on it.
But here’s the deal – most people with metabolic disease are using band-aids, and DON’T treat the root causes of the problem.
Medications and operations can be lifesaving tools – when applied to the right person at the right time – but they can also be bandaids – that are just covering cover up the problem – and not addressing the root causes.
The Root Causes of Metabolic Disease
There are six root causes of metabolic disease:
1. Poor nutrition
o For most, the most significant contributor to metabolic disease. Finding the right nutrition system for you is challenging because we are all different. Unfortunately, few get this right –they are focusing on calories or the latest diet craze – and the result is food becomes the enemy. But when you create a nutrition system that is unique to YOU and learn the specific foods, how much, and when to eat that fits your chemistry – you realize how easy it is to love food again – and heal your metabolism.
2. Lack of physical activity
o Most of us are sedentary. And even those who are active are often not taking full advantage of the types of activity that are the most potent anti-aging intervention we know.
o Yes, avoiding tobacco and excess alcohol is essential. But other toxins, such as highly processed foods, some prescription medications, pollution, and even toxic life situations, can be root causes of metabolic disease.
4. Inadequate Sleep
o About a third of us are chronically sleep-deprived, and it’s driving our metabolic disease and killing us. Underrecognized, yet critically important. Getting restorative sleep is essential to avoiding the diseases that kill us.
5. Poorly Managed Stress
o Stress and the symptoms of anxiety and depression are epidemic in our society today. However, few realize that creating a stress management system can not only help you feel better. It’s one of the foundations of fixing your metabolism.
o Loneliness is on the rise, and science tells us that being socially isolated can be as important to our health and mortality as smoking and obesity.
I want to emphasize again that treating the root causes and expert medical care is NOT an either/or choice. If you want the best health and longevity, you need BOTH.
If you recognize you need to treat your root causes – meaning you haven’t been able to lose weight and keep it off – your blood pressure, sugar, or cholesterol is not where it needs to be, if you know you’re taking too many medications, and are aging faster than you want – and you’ve made the decision that you’re not going to settle for less than the best life –here’s how I can help – schedule a strategy consultation with us by going to go to HealthspanMD.com/Talk.
In this strategy consultation, we will speak with you personally about what is holding you back – how you can start treating your root causes – and show you how you can live a long, vital life.
And the cost of this valuable strategy session– absolutely free.
If you’re ready to book your strategy consultation, go to HealthspanMD.com/Talk.
And until then…
Lead the best life
Robert Todd Hurst, MD, FACC, FASE