Early Death? Choose To Opt Out

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(BlackDoctor.org) — When we decide to opt out of something, it means that we choose not to participate. Typically we don’t associate “opting out” with early death. In reality, however, we can choose to “opt out” of the diseases most likely to kill us through healthy lifestyle changes.

Nothing in life is certain, right? Then, why bother to opt out of anything, right?

Well, think about what happens when we opt out of junk email or telemarketing. Yes, we still get some anyway, but probably much less than we used to receive. So, although not guaranteed, we are really stacking the odds in our favor. Likewise then, what if you could reduce your chance of premature death by 90 or 95%? What if you could reduce your chances of a heart attack to close to zero? Would you do it? Would you choose to “opt out”?

Our bodies can be conducive to disease development or can be protective against disease. What does this mean? It means that we do indeed have the choice to lower our risk of most heart attacks and strokes, as well as diabetes and obesity, which contribute to the deaths of many blacks each year.  It means we can also lower our risk of many different cancers, such as lung, colon, breast and prostate, which are responsible for the most cancer related deaths in African Americans.