Weekend Rewind: What makes us sick

What makes us sick

Bottom Line: During the coronavirus crisis you’ve been made well aware that the transmitting of contagions occurs through contact and even through the air. And yes, it’s the contagion that ultimately makes you sick, but often there’s more to the story. Like for example, how susceptible we are to becoming ill, due to how well our body is equipped to defend itself. I’ve joked that the coronavirus has made me, with my wipes on one side and hand sanitizer on the other, seem normal...and more seriously have suggested a positive that might come out of all of this is improved hygiene. This story will walk you through what we can’t control that leads to us being more susceptible to becoming sick – to that of which we can control. 

According to the CDC there are three groups of people which naturally are at a greater risk of illness and severe effects from illnesses generally. They are...

  • Adults 65 and older
  • Children under the age of 5
  • Those with neurological conditions

It all comes down to the development of one’s immune system and the body’s ability to defend itself. Additional risk factors for people of all ages include...

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease 
  • Pregnancy

All of those conditions make anyone of any age more susceptible to becoming sick and experiencing the worst effects of whatever it is that may ail us. Up to this point we’re talking mostly about predispositions and the biggest takeaway is simply to be aware that if you’re in any of these situations, let alone if you fit multiple risk factors, you should generally play it more carefully than the average bear. But it’s this next category that we have the most control over, probably pay the least attention to,but most commonly leads to making us sick. The five factors, regardless of predispositions which lead to us becoming ill and generally suffering the most are these (in order from 5th to 1st)...

  • Lack of sleep
  • Drinking
  • Smoking 
  • Not washing hands
  • Stress

Four of the five have something in common. Lowered immunity. Self-deprived? Weaker immune system. Drinking alcohol? Weaker immune system. Smoking? Weaker immune system and of course the same is true of stress. The biggest factor independent of all others which determines life expectancy.

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