The older you are the higher the probability that you will suffer a health crisis. I know, I'm a doctor, I'm 56, and I just suffered a doozie of a health crisis.
My advice for those of us who are over 50: create a foundation of good health and vitality to weather a health calamity when it hits!My calamity this year was partly genetic (who knew) and partly age (that part was obvious). It was the revelation that I carried the BRCA gene mutation for breast and ovarian cancer AND, because of this, that I HAD breast cancer. These cancers are almost guaranteed to show up when you carry the gene mutation, especially with age. Your 50s are often a watershed for genetic predispositions to diseases. I didn't know I had a genetic mutation until I was diagnosed with cancer; I got breast cancer for my 55th birthday. My healthy body and my continued healthy living practices were vitality savers as I underwent very intense chemo and five large and unwanted surgical procedures. I actually look no worse for the wear at the end of The Cancer Year and am getting my life back on track because I kept up my exercise and healthy eating while I was in cancer treatment. My two key tips to staying healthy in your 50s is to bank vitality for our rainy day are to:
- Exercise five days a week (a mix of cardio, resistance/weights, and flexibility such as yoga). Ideally you want to have a walking habit of at least 40 minutes several days a week as part of that exercise program.
- Eat well, limiting calories and skewing the diet to be mostly plant-based composed of complex carbs and fresh whole foods. Be sure to include probiotic-rich foods daily such as yogurt, kefir, or barrel fermented sauerkraut.
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