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5 Major Causes of Death

Posted on 05/14/2014

The five things that are most likely to kill you and nearly 1 million people in the U.S. -- 900,000 to be exact -- more than anything else combined are:

  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Lung disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
  4. Stroke
  5. Unintentional injuries 

An astonishing amount of people die senselessly and many of which are preventable reasons to leave our world prematurely. Lifestyle choices have a profound impact on one’s destination in life. It impacts how and from which one dies from as well. Of course some causes are not always caused by one’s lifestyle. Those, as well as all deaths are tragic and untimely.

But I know from being a registered nurse and helping my husband in his medical practice many years ago, that the people who took care of themselves lived the longest, happiest lives. Treat your body well and respect it. It has an important job -- it gives you a vehicle for life on this earth.

Do something good for yourself today. Take a walk, garden or have a good laugh. All of which are “good for you” activities. And, cost practically nothing. However, the payback in the long run is a healthier life...which if you ask me, is truly priceless.
I’ve said it many times and I’m sure you’ll hear it many more times...it’s not your new car or home, but your health that is your greatest asset in life, so take care of it. Without good health, nothing else matters!

Eat your vegetables, fruit and whole grains...don’t forget to drink water and abstain from highly processed foods with strange names you cannot pronounce. Do treat your body well and it will thank you in a long, healthy life. I’m living proof, I’m 82 years young and love every day more than the last. I’m grateful for my body and thank it daily with healthy, freshly prepared meals.

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Good news I heard this week that I wanted to share...doctors in Minnesota are writing prescriptions to children to eat vegetables and fruit. While commonsense to me and many others, but lacking in many households in American today. It is a sign of the times that soon we will see insurance companies recognize the importance of healthy eating and to reimburse their members for healthy meals like ours. It is beneficial for the member and the insurance company. It’s a win-win all the way around. I look forward to the day. For year we have had doctors prescribe our meals, but it is good to see doctors take an approach with children who so need help due to their poor eating habits and obesity.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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