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How To Live Longer: Risk Factors, Death & 7 Simple Steps For Better Health!

If you check into to a living longer-living better clinic; the main quest is to define your risk factors and present lifestyle changes to reduce their effect on your lifespan. Learn what some of those factors are and some ideas about what can be done.

What changes would you make in your life if someone says to you, "Do you want to live longer?" To some of us the idea that would be that we need to eat better and take more supplements to extend our life. Others strive to quit smoking or not drink as much alcohol. The professionals handle it a completely different way.

If you check into to a living longer-living better clinic; the main quest is to define your risk factors and present lifestyle changes to reduce their effect on your lifespan. Many of you reading this article might feel odd that an article such as this is on a fitness website, truth is, this is perfect place for this kind of article.

For one reason or another you are either interested in improving your health or you maybe in charge of helping steer others to a more prosperous life. Either way it is important to learn what important steps are necessary to living longer.

Risk Factors

Risk factors are pieces of information that lead to information about what you are likely to die from. In some cases these risk factors can be very quiet and in other cases they are screaming at you like a drill sergeant.

Melanomas are a risk factor for most lighter skinned people. You can also have several risk factors at once. Sometimes that hardest thing is to figure out what your specific risk factors might be. Finding them and altering them is necessary to prevent premature death.

Your risk factors are found in your family history. It is the first key step to help determine what you are likely to die from. In some family histories we might see threats to you from liver cancer, or lung cancer, while others might show heart disease.

Professional Evaluation:

    Professional evaluation helps determine the factors and then places them into some order of threat. You might think that your family doctor has your future in mind. The truth is his hands are tied by the decisions of the managed health care organizations.

    Many of the exams that your physician needs to order are not covered by your health insurance. The idea that "An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure" has not made it to the health care payment system.

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    Take for example breast mammograms, a woman is three times more likely to die from lung cancer verses breast cancer, but most insurance companies will not pay for a chest screening x-ray. This fact leaves you and the physician at a stand still.

    Now that diagnostic tests have risen to such a record cost, paying for them "out of your pocket" is unthinkable, unless you are Donald Trump. Information is still the best key towards deciding the right place to spend your hard earned cash.

Family History:

    If you want to live longer, then take the first steps to define your risk factors. First take a look at your family history. Consider the causes of death that your parents, sister or bother, or Grand parents or what their parents died from.

    When to find this out? Next time you are at a family gathering and getting hassled about not eating the dessert; ask what great grandma died from. That will surely change the conversation from food to something more useful.

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Top Ten Causes Of Death:

    The next step is to look at the table provided from the Center for Disease Control. Understand what kills most Americans and put those facts together. These are the simple first steps toward understanding your risk factors.

      Top 10 Causes Of Death Of Americans In 2004
      According To The Center For Disease Control:

      1. Diseases of the heart
      2. Malignant neoplasms
      3. Cerebrovascular diseases
      4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
      5. Accidents
      6. Diabetes mellitus
      7. Alzheimer's disease
      8. Influenza and pneumonia
      9. Nephritis and Nephrosis
      10. Septicemia

    So hopefully now you are getting the idea. Look at what kills people that are around you and also those people in your immediate world. Determine those risk factors that you have that overlap those risk factors other deceased family members have died from. Pay attention to genetic weaknesses and tendencies.

Test Centers:

    There are special testing centers that are designed to diagnose you and rule out the more likely causes of death. Full body and heart MRI's, as well as, special computerized CAT scans are just a few of the high-tech devices that lead doctors to areas of concern.

    What Is An MRI?
    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners rely on the principles of atomic nuclear-spin resonance. Using strong magnetic fields and radio waves, MRI collects and correlates deflections caused by atoms into images. MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging tests) offer relatively sharp pictures and allow physicians to see internal bodily structures with great detail. Using MRI technology, physicians are increasingly able to make diagnosis of serious pathology (e.g., tumors) earlier, and earlier diagnosis often translates to a more favorable outcome for the patient.

    What Is A CAT Scan?
    Computed tomography (also known as CT, CT scan, CAT, or computerized axial tomography) scans use x rays to produce precise cross-sectional images of anatomical structures.

    Some tests will cost a few hundred dollars while others are a few thousand dollars. In most cases you are not likely to get an insurance to cover the common screening test. It is also difficult to get the average doctor to put together the pieces of the puzzle. Often times you will have to foot the bill, so pay attention and make the right choices that are worth paying for.

Putting The Factors Together

As a patient or personal trainer, you are likely to come across the response, "I don't want to know about what is going on inside of me." That spells early death in most cases. The sooner you know what is likely to kill you, the better your chances are at early reduction of those risk factors.

Putting the factors together can sometimes be easy and other times requires the efforts of several of your physicians. Draw some simple conclusions on your own and take these to discuss with your professional health care provider.

Look at the common causes of death and begin by considering your own risk factors. If you smoke, chronic lower respiratory diseases might scare you, but the malignant neoplasms are the more likely result of your deadly habit.

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You might have a list of considerations of your personal risk factors based on a family trend. Consider if three of the four men in your immediate family died of heart attacks, then you are 80% more likely to die from a heart attack. Remember, if you don't smoke, but your parents did, then you are 60% more likely to develop lung cancer than someone who grew up in a smoke free home.

What if four people in your family died from kidney disease and two from colon cancer?

Then you obviously have problems with diseases in your digestive tracts and you better look at ways of eating a clean diet and getting a colonoscopy done every five years and urine analysis and other diagnostic test geared towards the kidney.

Genetic Predisposition:

    It is a fact that we all develop cancer cells in our body. Most of us just have the ability to destroy those cells and limit their production. Everyone has the ability to develop diabetes, but most of us keep it in check.

    It is a fact that some of us are genetically more likely to develop diabetes. If any of us were exposed to enough of the bad foods and other poor habits that lead to diabetes, then we are also more likely to develop the disease.

    You might be at more of a risk than your spouse or your neighbor for developing heart disease, but it also has to do with your other factors. What you eat, how much you sleep, how you relax, how you exercise, how you feel spiritually and other environmental factors all have an effect of whether your body will fight off an impending infection.

Infections & Disease:

    Infections and other diseases can actually be masking the true disease. Think about those frail sick people in the hospital with some condition like AIDs. Those individuals usually die from pneumonia and not the actual AIDs virus itself.

    It isn't uncommon to link immuno-suppression disorders with several other factors that result in your untimely death. The point to be made here is, get to the root cause of your risk factors. Consider all of the habits that might be exposing you to an untimely disease onset and then take the proper steps to avoid them.


    Another situation is when you have mom and dad both dead at 64 and 68 respectively, we should also consider if they had any cancers and maybe they had diabetes too.


    If you are living your life in the same manner that they did with explosive anger and impulse eating of high starch food and lots of sugar, then you are jumping on the same bandwagon that killed others in your family. All of us have tendencies towards certain conditions and the normal aging process makes those tendencies all the more likely to kill us.

    Of course there are other risk factors that we can't control. Plane crashes, auto crashes, home accidents and other things that are unpredictable can quickly take your life. That is why prayer is so necessary, hence the addition of spiritualism to our list previously.

Seven Simple Steps

Seven simple steps to fixing your risk factors:

  1. Obviously education of yourself is the best initial step to take in living longer.
  2. Make a list of causes of death that family members have died from.
  3. Overlap the most common causes of death and look for comparisons.
  4. Make the time to speak to professionals about removing your risk factors.
  5. Take the time and the steps to correct the risk factors.
  6. Make mild to moderate exercise part of your daily program.
  7. Get the basic testing done early on if you are at risk.

Diet & Behavior Change:

    Changing diets and other behavior habits can lead to longer life lines. Simple choices in our everyday habits can add up and make a profound impact on prevention. Various herbs are used to prevent the expansion of different risk factors. Other remedies are found in simple foods themselves.

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    Mushrooms for example offer protection to the liver. Cinnamon has been reviewed as a helpful clearer of the digestive track. It starts to get complicated about, which things to do, but anti-aging physicians are most useful at this stage of the game. Look for qualified professionals and realize that they should be able to explain what risk factors you have and what is logical to do to prevent them.


    General guidelines such as the ones listed below are also proven to prevent early death.

    • Eat food in its most raw and natural state.
    • Use herbs to cleanse your body of toxins.
    • Avoid ingestion of toxins by removing them from your environment.
    • Maintain healthy exercise lifestyles to prevent degeneration of your body as a whole.
    • Use natural supplementation whenever possible, but be sure and supplement failing systems when necessary.

    Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfates and DHEA all diminish in their production past the age of 40 in males (females literature- unclear). It is necessary to replenish these products to our body to maintain their levels to provide us with our youthful appearance internally.

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    Starting on the inside will produce a solid youthful outward appearance that results in you living longer and living better.


This year the Arnold Fitness Weekend included a new symposium on "Active Aging." It is a common trend that reviews the preceding remarks in more detail. One thing is for sure, if we are doing this at the AFW, then you should be doing it for your clients and yourself.