And welcome back!

If you haven’t already, please take the time to read or listen to the previous blog, as this will be the second part.

Okay, so why will it be so important for an individual to be his healthcare provider, apart from the fact that he is the only one who ever could be his healthcare provider?

In the previous blog, we saw that the medications pale in comparison to what the individual can do to mitigate and eliminate disease with proper eating, exercise, and sleep, and simply making himself healthy.

The next problem is that baby boomers, who tend to be rather unhealthy, are living longer and are imposing a tremendous burden on not only health care costs but also on a medical profession that is declining in numbers.

Currently, Medicare costs are nearly 900 billion dollars annually, and this will only continue to rise.

In addition to this, the American Association of Medical Colleges says there will be a shortage of 122,000 physicians by 2032 and this is because the population over 65 will grow by 48% by 2032.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing says the US will need more than 200,000 nurses each year to replace those who are retiring between now and 2026.

Over the next 2 to 3 years, 31% of clinicians and 47% of US health workers are planning to leave the profession.

Many of the illnesses that are taxing our healthcare system are chronic illnesses- that being high blood pressure, elevated blood glucose and blood fats, triglycerides, and obesity.

In the US, there are currently 37.7 million type 2 diabetics, 119.8 million with high blood pressure 30.7 % who are overweight, and 42.7 % who are obese.

In this country, healthcare costs exceed 4.1 trillion dollars annually.

The most costly diseases and disorders in descending order are Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and obesity.

Each of these diseases can be mitigated by lifestyle changes if practiced soon enough and long enough. Alzheimer’s for example is considered type 3 diabetes and is believed to start in one’s 20’s or 30’s. Many cancers are related to inflammatory lifestyles promoted by eating inflammatory foods.

With this in mind, a few extra carrots at dinner when one is afflicted probably won’t do much.

The trick is to maintain a healthy lifestyle that promotes health and wellness, and not labor to treat diseases and disorders for by the time one is ill, it might be too late.

Alright, next blog and video we’ll talk about the future of healthcare in the United States!

Take Care,

Dr. Dave

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