Do You Maintain Your Car Better Than Your Body for Healthy Living?

In general most people pay close attention to auto maintenance. Whether it’s changing the oil, tires, brake pads, transmission, or windshield wipers, people make sure that their cars do what they need them to do. People count on their cars to perform effectively so they take good care of them throughout their lifetime.

But the saddest thing I have found in practice is when it comes to healthy living people often give much less consideration to their own physical maintenance than they do to the performance of their automobiles. 

Most of us allow our physical conditioning to deteriorate far beyond that which we would ever tolerate relative to our cars. The immediate consequences of such neglect are the developed world epidemic in diabetes, the United States–based epidemic in obesity, and the ongoing high levels of cardiovascular disease worldwide.

Why do we ignore the signs that interrupt healthy living?

Just like with our cars, the long view of maintenance is needed. If we lease a new car every year, upkeep is not an issue beyond an oil and filter change or two. But if we want our car to continue to perform reliably for three, five, or ten years, regularly scheduled maintenance service is required. As flesh-and-blood organisms, we require a similar schedule of maintenance. The question is why do we ignore the signs and symptoms until our check engine light goes off on our bodies?

Feeling an absence of symptoms is not necessarily a good measure of how healthy we are. High blood pressure, for example, is known as the "silent killer." There are no fully recognizable signs and symptoms of hypertension, until it's too late. By the time a person has had a debilitating heart attack or stroke, high blood pressure has probably been in place for years. 
Similarly, the early symptoms and signs of diabetes are subtle and seemingly harmless. Fatigue and an inability to focus may be ignored or interpreted as possible symptoms of an overly stressed lifestyle. Frequent thirst and frequent urination might be conveniently explained away as side effects of poor eating habits. Again, serious damage may be done, possibly involving one's kidneys, nervous system and/or vision, as a result of undiagnosed and untreated diabetes.

Vital in keeping you healthy & happy.

The solution of prevention of potentially serious health problems is to make sure you have regular check-ups with your primary doctor where they run an extensive blood panel and perform vital signs. This can also apply to your musculoskeletal health- having a good fitness regimen is first and foremost. Then seeking preventive medicine from a chiropractor, physical therapist, acupuncturist and psychotherapist for stress management is vital to keeping yourself healthy and happy.  Appropriate scheduling for such check-ups will be specific to the individual, based upon age, past medical history, and family history.

Author
Dr. Lori Nuzzi

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