My brother died when he was 55 years old.
His life was shortened because he didn’t plan on it being any other way.
What is odd to me is the many business executives I meet who do an amazing job with their companies — providing a great vision, with a mission statement — but their own health is an afterthought until they can’t help but hear their body scream.
They’ll spend hours planning for their business, but not spend 30 minutes a day planning for their health.
My brother did change when he hit 50 years old. He stopped smoking, he stopped drinking excessively, he cut down on work stress by essentially retiring, and he started to eat as healthy as any person on the planet could.
But he was hit with a disease that we don’t have a cure for, and his life was shortened because of it. What changed my brother was having a heart attack
So how about you? Do you want to be the person who provided the great mission and vision for your company but dies too young to see it through?
Do you plan for your health, or do you have an excuse? Do you think that we, in the medical field, with all our knowledge and expertise, can get you out of the jam you put yourself into?
Here are three simple tips to start to work on your life:
1. Are you over the age of 45 and have a history of heart disease in your family? Then pay for a CT scan of the heart with calcium scores. It won’t be covered by insurance, but it can give a view of your heart to see if there is any issue. You should do this if you have 30 lbs of weight to lose, if you have high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, or if you have smoked.
2. Did you have your colonoscopy yet? If you’re over 50 you should have it. If they find a simple polyp it can be removed then, easily — but in seven years that polyp can become a cancer, and it may be too late.
3. Eat healthily. Here is what every single doctor and any dietician will agree upon: you should eat five to seven servings of vegetables and fruit a day. Even Paleolithic eaters have no issue with this. What is a serving size? That is one half cup, a whole fruit, or a full cup of leafy greens like kale or spinach. These are portable, easy to carry, easy to consume. That can of juice does not contain “a serving” — eat whole plants instead.
I miss my brother. He died too early of a lung cancer, because he didn’t plan for his life. My son, who just turned four, was named after him. But my brother, who died in 2006, never even got to know his namesake.
Your life is worth taking care of yourself.
Put into your health the same energy you put into your business.