Take statins if you’re over 50, and baby Aspirin, too. Drop the vitamin supplements like they were a lit cigarette. Junk the juicer. If the vegetables at the supermarket aren’t today-fresh, opt for fresh frozen. Wear sensible shoes. Eat lunch and go to bed at the same time every day. Get your flu shot. Move around a lot, even when you aren’t exercising. Digitize your medical records, family history and genetic profile, and store this information on a USB stick. Carry it with you always. Share it, anonymously, with the world.
Think of yourself as a system: cancer is not something the body gets
and health is not something it has—both are states, dynamic processes
really, that the body undergoes. And your system is not the same as
anyone else’s: the daily glass of red wine that does wonders for your
friend may be killing you. Take note of the specific, unchanging details
of your system. Is your ring finger longer than your index finger? That
ups the risk of prostate cancer for a man, and of osteoarthritis for a
woman. (No one knows quite why, but the marker is well-established.)
Keep an eye on your more changeable fine points. Check your nails:
yellowish hue bad (go for a diabetes check); white crescent at the base
good (iron levels are sufficient). Check your ankles: indentation marks
from your socks or loss of hair could mean circulatory problems and
increased risk of blood clot.
Do all these things, which essentially add up to two commandments—cut
down on daily sources of life-threatening inflammation and take an
active part in your own health care—and you stand a very good chance of
living to see the end of illness.
Source - Macleans