I’ve often thought that when I’m “Racing Alzheimer’s,” I’m getting an added bonus of (hopefully) preventing other diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even obesity. I mean, my brain is the ultimate target of my efforts, but since my head IS attached to my body, well, my body benefits too.
That’s why I love this article titled “Having It All” by David Katz, MD. In it he says, “No organ is an island; every organ is a piece of the organism, a part of the body. The health of each depends on the health of all.” Dr. Katz also goes on to say there’s not ONE thing any of us can do to keep this beautiful organism healthy. Rather, it’s a concerted effort of many things — clean and healthy eating, exercise, mental stimulation as well as mental calm like meditation. Also, getting enough sleep. And having social connections and loving relationships. And not smoking. And . . . you know the drill.
What disease runs in your family that you would like to prevent? Focus on that, and chances are you’ll be protecting yourself from the other guys too.