"40-some years ago I was taking a biology class in college and one of our projects was to do a family tree and chart what diseases people on it have or die from. I'd never really thought about
it but what I learned was that cardio-vascular disease killed or afflicted about
everyone on the tree. The next thing was to look at the external risk factors which can be summed up as smoking, exercise, and diet. The tree was full of smokers and I knew none that exercised. To understand the diet angle better I enrolled in a nutrition class the following semester. I discovered that the high fat, high cholesterol family diet wasn't the best approach for our genetic disposition to heart disease.
Next came my own lifestyle choices. I took up regular exercise. I switched to a lacto-ovo vegetation diet. I went vegan. Once my wife, also a vegan, and I decided to have kids we went back to lacto-ovo and raised them that way. I have gone on and off the full vegan diet over the years but still keep my intake of dairy products quite low as I feel best when I am totally vegan. Heck, I trained for and ran a marathon while on a vegan diet in my early 50s.
Exercise is just as important, for me, as diet and I find that two really go together. Until my surgery last March, I had a streak going where I hadn't missed a day of working out in 17-1/2 years. Nowadays I run 3-4 days per week (about
20 miles per week) and lap swim 1500-2000 yards on the other days. If I miss a day that's OK.
So, after all that I still got prostate cancer but my cardio system is in tip top shape."
That is very impressive, Vince! I've been exercising regularly, though not daily, for about
20 years. Your post reminded me of Bill Clinton's decision to go vegan in 2010 with his history of heart disease. You were wise to make the changes you did. Exercise is medicine, in my opinion, and I have reaped the benefits, despite a recent CT calcium scan that shows I have the hardened arteries of a 90-year-old. I eat a Mediterranean diet. TV, as you've noted, can be a big time-waster. Without it, we have time to exercise, prepare healthy, home-cooked meals, and enjoy hobbies. I'm still working part-time at 70, and take care of one- and two-year grandchildren three days a week. Without being in good shape, I'd never keep up with them. My cardiologist tells me I'm doing everything I should be doing to avoid a cardiac event.
Post Edited (Tim G) : 1/13/2019 11:20:49 PM (GMT-7)