Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
Many CVD conditions are caused by a condition called atherosclerosis (clogged arteries and veins). Most often, atherosclerosis is directly related to diet and lack of routine exercise. Making lifestyle changes is a very effective way of preventing and/or reversing the process of atherosclerosis.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It is a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels rise higher than normal and the body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas tries to keep up with the demand and makes extra insulin to make up for it, but over time, your pancreas becomes tired and cannot make enough insulin to keep the body’s blood glucose at normal levels.
Cancer starts when abnormal cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control. Cells become cancer cells because of DNA damage. Most cancer cells grow and multiply to form a tumors. Over time, these tumors replace normal tissue, crowding organs and pushing them aside resulting in pain and abnormal tissue/organ function.
Arthritis is inflammation in one or more of your joints that results in pain, swelling and stiffness of the joint(s). If left unchecked, arthritis typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and irreversible disease of the brain that slowly destroys memory, thinking skills, and ultimately, the ability to carry out the simple activities of daily living. In most cases, the symptoms first appear after age 65. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people.