I am honoured to be able to contribute to OptiMYz magazine as a blogger. With all the confusing and conflicting information available to consumers, you have the opportunity here to read a quality magazine dedicated to optimum health.

Everything we do as writers is to share what is in our heads with our audience, and connecting the dots down the path of wellness. So let me share some hard facts with you.

Four types of chronic disease – cardiovascular disease, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes – kill an estimated 153,000 Canadians every year, account for nearly three- quarters of all deaths in the country, and are the major causes of premature death and hospitalization.

The biggest killer is cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis), which has claimed the lives of untold thousands of Canadians, accounting for about 35% of all deaths.

Cancer kills an estimated 62,600 Canadians every year, accounting for 29% of all deaths. And other chronic conditions disable many more Canadians.

Those are heavy numbers if you think about them. The good news is that most chronic illness can be prevented by ridding yourself of excess risk factors such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition. It’s the little things that make a big difference over time. If you have weight to lose, do it moderately, but insistently, not with crash diets. If you have a health problem, take stock of what you’re eating and correct it. Many times the body will simply come back into balance and you’ll feel fine again.

The low-down on improved health is this: Change your bad habits to prevent disease. Base most of what you do on a healthy diet and a good amount of exercise. You may have small beginnings, but it will lead to a great outcome. Make 2012 a healthy year!

Yours in good health,

Jorg Mardian

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