According to Dr Tim Adair of the University of Melbourne, Australians had one of the fastest increases in life expectancy over the last few decades. In 2019, life expectancy is 80.5 years for Australian men and 84.5 for women, still higher than Western Europe and the USA – but possibly not for much longer.
This year, it is estimated that approx. 50,000 Australians will die from cancer and 1 person dies every 12 minutes from heart disease (The Victor Chang Institute Research). The latest national figures show that in 2017 there were over 43,000 deaths due to cardiovascular disease and that number is climbing.
When it comes to our health, the two big killers are Cardiovascular disease and Cancer. The big Cs.
Statistics show that over the last 12 years the rate of cardiovascular disease has increased by an average of 2.2% each year.
The Australian Institute of Health and Wellness estimate that cancer is the leading cause of critical illness with a third of all deaths due to cancer (2017). On their estimates one in four men and one in 6 women will die from cancer by age 85.
This wasn’t always the case, so why is this happening?
There are many reasons, some minor some more obvious but they have resulted in a situation where we are living longer but for many those extra years are lived in poor health. Drug dependant wellness is a poor substitute for a natural healthy life. Lifestyle choices happen over time and can result in conditions that make the list of contributors to contracting chronic illness.
A diet of processed foods with high sugar and calorie intake is fairly common. Unfortunately, it leads to Obesity which is a quick road to chronic illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and also Cardiovascular disease and even Cancer. The Australian Medical Association, Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia are calling it the nation’s obesity epidemic. The reason why is that in the last 30 years, the average Australian male has gained eight kilograms and females are six kilograms heavier on average.
The Six Smart lifestyle goals to a better healthier you.
- Don’t smoke. Just don’t.
- Aim for a healthy body weight. We are all different so let’s suggest a simple tool that might help. A waist circumference of no more than 94cm for men and 80cm for women – a belt.
- Eat well. Check ingredients on packaged foods to avoid lots of sugars.Limit processed foods. Cook meals. Consider organic produce -our article in the newsletter on the 6th May addressed this issue https://mailchi.mp/635d25ba1107/super-tuesday-may-19
- Go easy on alcohol.
- Avoid too much sun exposure. Wear a hat and use sunscreens when outdoors.
- Be physical. Walk regularly by yourself with someone or with your dog.
We are more than happy to discuss any of the above and to help you where we can.