Eddie is a 43 year old man at the time his doctor gave him an ultimatum to change his lifestyle. Eddie is a smoker since he was only 17 years old, and to hear “quit smoking” from his physician’s mouth is pretty much like a death sentence to him. Either way, his doctor made it very clear to him that not giving up smoking would ultimately affect his health, his heart and his life.
Although giving up smoking felt like a death sentence to Eddie, he realizes that quitting means actually everything. He is a father of a very young family, with 3 children and a wife to support, he made a decision to quit smoking and change his lifestyle. But that was the only beginning of the health ordeal that he has to go through.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smokers are 2′”4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers.Eddie’s history of smoking for over 20 years did more damage to his health than he thought. When his blood work results came back, his doctor informed him that because of smoking his heart is not functioning 100% like it should be, and is now needing some repair. Eddie needs to undergo a procedure called Triple Bypass Surgery.
After the procedure, Eddie’s lifestyle choices made a big difference to his health recovery. He watches what he eats and made sure that his cholesterol level is in check. He makes a conscious effort to watch his sodium intake as well. On top of his healthy lifestyle, Eddie walks at least 3 times a week, too.
It is true that making some changes in your lifestyle is not an easy thing to do. It requires commitment and dedication on your part. But, one thing is for sure, the health benefits you will reap from making some lifestyle changes are tremendous. It is not only for your health, but, the health of those around you as well. If you lead by example, those around you will follow. Baby steps commitment is all it takes.
So, is it possible to add 30 years more to your life by making lifestyle changes? It is very possible. Eddie is a living example. By making that decision to change his lifestyle, he made a great impact on his health. Consider the fact that even before he stopped smoking, he already had 20 years of history of smoking that could have had a greater impact on his health (for the worse), had he not made that decision to quit.
Eddie is one of the many great stories of hope that can attest, by quitting smoking you are actually giving yourself and your family the greatest gift of all…life! By the way, Eddie is still kicking with his family, children and grandchildren, 30 years later at 74!
Center for Disease Control and Prevention