Many of us assume that just because we don’t have a disease or an ailment that requires immediate attention, we are "healthy." This strategy prevents us from optimizing our physical and emotional health, which can set the stage for complications and the onset of chronic conditions down the road.
How Healthy Are You?
When your doctor interprets test results, she is looking to see whether they fall within set healthy ranges. Getting a little more familiar with the numbers can help you better understand your health and have more productive conversations with your doctor.
Only about 25 percent of age-associated disease is genetically determined. That means that our environment and lifestyle choices are much stronger predictors of how long we will live. Little lifestyle tweaks may not feel like much, but they have a powerful payoff.