For drivers, the Blind Spot is the most dangerous unknown. For Americans and others that consume the Western Diet, Oxidative Stress is the Blind Spot for Health Care. Oxidative Stress is thought to be the cause of multiple health problems with many remaining asymptomatic for years. The list of diseases attributed to Oxidative Stress include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and more. If you ask Americans about their health state and compare it to their actual health state, then you will see their Blind Spot, too.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Healthiest of Them All?
The figure below compares the results of a 2015 Self Survey of Adult Americans for Health State and BMI. In the third column, the corresponding Diabetic State or Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) level are shown. About 1/3 of Adult Americans report Excellent Health with BMI and BLOS (most likely) in agreement. About 10% are honest about their Poor (and Fair) Health with Type 2 Diabetes being difficult to ignore. Here is the Blind Spot: About 60% of Adult Americans think they are in Good or Very Good Health, but BMI and corresponding BLOS level tell a different story. Why?
BLOS is a Long-Term Health Problem
Being Overweight or Obese is the primary target of public health professionals, but it should be a secondary target. Extra weight does not cause health problems beyond leg and joint problems. The evidence that fat causes chronic health problems is scant. Elevated BMI is only a Risk Factor. However, oxidative stress is thought to cause several health problems, due to reactive oxygen species (ROS). Continuous production of ROS by BLOS impacts tissue throughout your body. Long-term, elevated Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS should be the primary target, since it is an asymptomatic disease. Reduction and management of BLOS may prevent the development of multiple health problems.
The traditional Wellness program offers employees a number of benefits that focus on improving morale with little if any ROI. Encouraging employees to make healthier choices with respect to diet and exercise is great, but the financial gain is difficult to measure. Does the employee’s Lifestyle Choices prevent major health care problems in the future? This is a difficult question to answer, since weight or BMI are risk factors and not causes of health care problems.
2nd Type: Avoid the Emergency Room!
The second type of Wellness program focuses on identifying employees at risk of a major health problem. For these employees, this wellness program is a disease management program that reduces the cost of intensive medical care (that means Emergency Room visit). These plans don’t manage a disease. Instead, they provide a strategy to avoid the high cost of a catastrophic event. Periodic testing may reveal a significant change in the employee’s physiological state, which may lead to a major medical event (e.g., heart attack). Immediate medical attention for this employee may prevent the medical event and reduce the overall health care costs.
Are There Only 2 Types of Wellness Programs?
Is this the best that we can do? Should we wait for the cumulative effect of long-term poor Lifestyle Choices for an Asymptomatic Disease like Cardiovascular Disease to manifest as a major medical event? Is there a better way to structure Wellness Programs? Could there first type of Wellness Program that focuses on Life Style Choices be better with a ROI? (of course, read on!)
Better lifestyle choices including diet, effective fitness, and antioxidant supplements may be the key to fighting BLOS for improved health. Several eBooks and Books are available that describe how to use custom strategies to Hack BLOS for Male Infertility, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Mental Illness. Could Hemp Oil Supplements be an effective antioxidant supplement in these BLOS Health Hacks?
My friend Jeff died at the young age of 48 last year. His death came as a shock, but it didn’t really surprise me. Jeff made bad lifestyle choices his entire life.
Jeff’s Health History
Jeff’s family had a bad history of heart disease with his own father dying at a young age one year after his retirement. Jeff had a high school education and they didn’t prepare him with any meaningful advice on healthy lifestyle choices. Jeff joined the U.S. Army and served with honor. The U.S. military didn’t provide good guidance on healthy lifestyle choices beyond physical training. I saw Jeff after he earned his Airborne wings and he was in the best shape of his adult life. However, he also indulged in heavy drinking and smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day. After his military stent, Jeff eventually ended up working for a major equipment company. Although this was Jeff’s dream job, the company didn’t provide any help for Jeff and his health. The last time that I saw Jeff, he was in his late 30’s and obese. He had a stroke a few weeks before our meeting. He never lost the weight or stopped smoking and he died of a heart attack at the age of 48. Why is this happening to young adults?
More than 2/3 of adult Americans suffer from elevated Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS), which may cause multiple health problems. BLOS costs Americans about $1 Trillion in medical costs every year. The primary cause of BLOS is the Western Diet, so proper dietary choices may reduce BLOS for improved health. In addition, effective fitness and antioxidant supplements may also help manage BLOS. How does someone organize a new health hack that uses these three lifestyle choices for reducing BLOS? Are there custom health hack kits for specific health problems?
New eBooks and Books are the First Step of the Health Hack Strategy for Reducing BLOS
More than 2/3 of adult Americans suffer from elevated Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS), which costs about $1 Trillion in medical costs every year. The primary cause of BLOS is the Western Diet, so proper dietary choices may reduce BLOS for improved health. In addition, effective fitness and antioxidant supplements may also help manage BLOS. How does someone organize a new health hack that uses these three lifestyle choices for reducing BLOS? Are there custom health hacks for specific health problems?
New eBooks and Books Provide a Health Hack Strategy for Reducing BLOS
Heart Disease is a big problem in Western Countries. In the USA, there are 100 million adults suffering from Heart Disease. Heart Disease is an asymptomatic disease, which culminates in either stroke or heart attack. In addition to the painful experience of a heart attack, the average medical cost is $11,500! The underlying process of Heart Disease is Atherosclerosis. There are multiple theories on the cause of Atherosclerosis, but Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) is the only theory that could explain the bulk of it. BLOS is widespread with more than 2/3 of adult Americans (160+ million) thought to suffer from it. The rise of the Western Diet and the increase of heart disease rates follow similar trends.
What is Blood Oxidative Stress?
BLOS is blood cells that generate high amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These ROS are the primary molecule responsible for Oxidative Stress. It is thought that the inorganic sulfur content of the processed foods may be the true dietary cause of BLOS. If true, then folks with Heart Disease will need a way to monitor both BLOS and Atherosclerosis to evaluate dietary choices and whether other lifestyle choices may be effective.
BLOS Key Process in Atherosclerosis
Oxidative Stress could be the cause of Atherosclerosis leading to Heart Disease. Long-term, elevated BLOS could be the key oxidation process of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL), which drives Atherosclerosis.
Diabetes is a big problem in Western Countries. In the USA, there are 30 million diabetics. There are multiple theories on the cause, but Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) is the only theory that could explain the bulk of it. BLOS is widespread with more than 2/3 of adult Americans (160+ million) thought to suffer from it. The rise of the Western Diet and the increase of diabetes rates follow similar trends. It is thought that the inorganic sulfur content of the processed foods may be the true dietary cause of BLOS. If true, then managing BLOS will require a concerted, large-scale effort to generate useful dietary information based on BLOS measurement. BLOS may be the Black Swan event for health care due to the enormous impact on health and cost.
What is Blood Oxidative Stress?
BLOS is blood cells that generate high amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These ROS are the primary molecule responsible for Oxidative Stress. Oxidative Stress could be the cause of Type 2 Diabetes, since the ROS inhibits glucose transport and pancreas production of insulin. Control of BLOS reduces ROS production, which reduces the inhibition of both glucose transport and insulin production.
Learn how to use MyFitnessPal to monitor Oxidative Stress and learn how your lifestyle choices influence your Oxidative Stress and health. MyFitnessPal is a popular, free health app that tracks your fitness activities and dietary choices. However, you can modify this app to track other measurements of interest to you.
Use MyFitnessPal to Monitor Oxidative Stress and More
Download the MyFitnessPal app. Setup your profile and select MY HOME menu option on your MyFitnessPal homepage. Next, select the Check-In menu and you will see the following screen. In the Track Additional Measurements screen, you simply fill in the Description below Add Another Measurement. I entered BLOS, but you can add other measurements like Blood Sugar, A1C, and more.