While You Are Never To Old To Start, Start As Young As Possible! (Please Read)
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I went to the nephrologist (kidney doctor) with DH yesterday for his 3 month follow up visit. Despite DH's success at eating right, exercising and losing weight (20 lbs. since the end of June!), his lab results were alarming. His kidney function was 27% at his previous visit and has decreased to 23% now. To put that in perspective, he will begin the evaluation for kidney transplant at 20% and will need to begin dialysis at 15%.
To say we were shocked would be an understatement. We have been through a lot together over the past couple of years having both undergone cancer during the same year (DH is a 2 1/2 year survivor and I am approaching the 2 year mark in January.) But, this hit us harder in some ways. This kidney disease is the result of high blood pressure and Type II diabetes (adult onset) over a long period of time. Both of those diseases are usually called "lifestyle" diseases. And, had we both been more responsible with our health, more than likely preventable diseases.
We will get through this together like we always have.
The 32 years we have been together have not always been easy, but we have always known we had each other. We still have that.
I thought about not blogging this on Spark, but then decided there was a good reason to go ahead and talk about this. The reason I have in my mind is the younger Sparkpeople who may stumble across this blog and find some motivation to help them in their efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle. My DH's medical problems (and my own) were largely preventable had we lived a healthier lifestyle. There is so much more information available today to encourage that pursuit than in our youth. All Sparkers can improve their life no matter when they start. However, paying attention to proper nutrition and fitness at as young an age as possible will reap the biggest rewards. I know both our children have been impacted by what has happened to us and have taken steps to improve their lifestyles as a result.
I had a lot of trouble trying to think of a title for this blog. While I wanted to get across that a healthy lifestyle should be started as young as possible, I did NOT want to say it was EVER to late to start. Even people at our age (and older) are prolonging their lives by adopting healthier habits.