Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Sitting yourself to death?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Everyday physical activity is disappearing or has disappeared, and we are getting sicker.

WHO: In the course of the next 100 years 70% of all sickness absenteeism (from work) will be related to physical inactivity. They state that 10% of all deaths are related to inactivity.
They list a number of inactivity related conditions or illnesses: premature death, circulatory effects, type2 diabetes, cancer, muscle and skeleton sufferings, mental disorders, reduced functionality and life quality.

The Danish Institute for peoplesĀ“ health has calculated that this adds up to 3.1 million extra days of sickness leave in a population of 5.5 million.

There is a conflict of interest as medical companies want to sell drugs for it all! But we must remove focusing on medication and move over to prevention and training. Life style intervention must replace medicine intervention. If 5% of people not training today start up the demand for health services will be strongly reduced.

There is considerable research underpinning the fact that training is sickness prevention. Steven N. Blair has researched and written extensively on this matter and states that the biggest problem of the western world is physical inactivity. People are sitting themselves to death! The important thing is to be fit, but not necessarily slim!

A Scandinavian approach to the matter has been publishing an activity handbook in Sweden and Norway with recommendations of training for 33 specific illnesses. The book is distibuted to all health personell. Doctors are now ordering patients into specific exercise programs to improve their health. The initial results are very encouraging.

The minimum exercise regimen needed is very light. About one half hour of low intensity exercise pr. day will improve the situation, and the more you do the better it will be.

Do we understand health?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

The concepts of health – healthy food, healthy living – are constantly in the media. Obesity and lifestyle problems are in the mainstream of these presentations, but people seem not to understand the nature of nutrition and physical activity fully.

A human body contains information – the metabolome – on 3000 metabolites, 1200 drugs, 3500 food components. The metabolome could be used to make up individual advice on what healthy living is.Ā  E.g. there are variations in what bacteria we have in our bodies and how people respond to food. This complicates the intake of medicine as well as the making of diets for people.

If we can catalogue the metabolome we can design what we take into our body – the old food will never be the same again – may be you should change the level of your bacteria today, maybe remove some dangerous stuff or add some that are beneficial.

The idea of food that is generally healthy is out – that depends on your metabolome!

See also The Human Metabolome Project

Metabolism: the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life