If I said to you that you have a 1 in 2 chance of winning the lottery, would you play? Of course! In fact, probably multiple tickets.
One in two odds are a pretty sure thing. I’d bet on those odds. Of course the real odds of winning the lottery are not quite so good, actually 1 in 293 million to win the Power Ball Lottery here in the U.S. So good luck with that!
But here’s the sobering truth when it comes to odds and health: 1 in 2 men in America will get cancer in their lifetime. A little better for women but not much. Under 1 in 3. Now those odds are not so good.
So here’s a question: Do we tend to view the 1 in 2 odds for winning that imaginary lottery above more seriously than we do the 1 in 2 odds of getting cancer?
Maybe. Maybe the difference is the positive versus the negative outcome in each case. Or we think they apply to the other guy, not us. Or, we simply don’t know what to do about it. In any case, the above cancer odds are a reality check.
Health statistics show us what the potential future is for each of us. And we can either use that information to shape what we are doing now to improve the odds that we will have a long, healthy and productive life. Or we can simply ignore them, and ‘hope’ we have enough health insurance to cover what might come up.
Here’s a few more troubling health statistics:
Health statistics can give us a little insight into where we could potentially be headed if we allow them to. The problem is that we tend to depersonalize the statistics and think that they simply don’t apply to us.
Some people even say they don’t accurately reflect reality. But if statistics don’t matter, why do we even bother keeping them? The fact is, they do matter.
So use the above statistics as a tool. They’re telling you something about what your future might look like.
And if you don’t like what you see, now’s the time to take charge of your health and make a few changes to your diet or begin an exercise program. Or so many other things you can do, like drinking clean water (NOT tap water), or beginning to use herbs or nutritional supplements.
Every additional small action you take to build your health adds up to improving the odds for your future. I’ll be talking a lot about what those small actions are, so stay tuned!