Diet & Disease

I meet or speak with several people a day about their health. A significant majority of them show biomarkers of a progression toward disease. Elevated sugar, C-Reactive Protein (a marker for risk of cardiovascular disease), diabetes, hypertension, depression et al. Symptomatically, they may have elevated blood pressure, snoring or heavy breathing, profuse sweating, fatigue etc. What continually surprises me is that no one has advised them on their diet. They have been asked to take medication, exercise, and in some cases even undergo medical intervention in the form of surgery. But food doesn’t seem to figure at all on the list of cures.

The lack of focus on a diet is astonishing. I would argue that almost all our lifestyle diseases have a strong correlation to what we ate and drank. If you have diabetes or are insulin resistant, having “just one drink” I am sorry to say, is just not good enough. If you have a family history of cancer, having “just one sweet” is simply not good enough. It elevates your risk. What is even more shocking is that not indulging in many cases can reverse or at the very least dramatically reduce your risk of disease. Why on earth would you then indulge?

I hear many strange tales. Some tell me that we are all eventually going to die. Others tell me how they will live a few years less but will live a fulfilling life along the way. I do not wish to quarrel with anyone’s belief’s, but honestly, the risk is not just of a shorter life but one that might include a significant amount of pain and suffering caused by a preventable disease. You cannot then blame karma or your past life as the reason why. I accept that perhaps not everything is in your hand. For God’s sake, at least control what most certainly is.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.