Our bodies’ have elaborate systems to ensure that they stay healthy. These regulate things like temperature, breathing, heart rate, sleep to name but a few. They control the amount of sugar in our blood, and the way food is moved through the digestive tract. They regulate blood pressure, thirst and even hunger.
So why don’t they control the amount of sugar and stop us eating sugary foods when we’ve had too much?
Fitness and fun
It is a curious fact that men are useless at taking care of their health! Particularly as they get older.
Perhaps in their youth, if they were enthusiastic sportsmen, they were almost obsessional about it, but as we get older, we just assume that our health will take care of itself. Frequently as we age, our jobs become more sedentary, our relaxation is spent sitting down, our diet becomes a little unbalanced, and we may even drink a little more than is good for us.
A couple of days ago I found a remarkable calculator produced by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Enter some basic figures about age, gender, height and weight and answer some questions about your lifestyle and behaviour and it will give you a forecast based on their actuarial research.
Breaking the alcohol habit
One of the problems faced by anyone battling with an addiction to alcohol is the lack of knowledge of those who can render the most significant assistance; their closest relations. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge is generally is also apparent amongst the bulk of the medical profession who are supposed to be able to help.
The difficulty is that the solution seems so simple to those that don't have to wrestle with the problem – just don’t drink.
But if you don't know what is actually going on there is little you, or anyone else can do about it.
As a consequence close family come to believe that person with the problem is weak-willed, and uncaring about their family. Unfortunately, the person who is drinking is generally already thinking they are weak or stupid or both, but they are very much aware that they do care about those around them and desperately want the love and support of their relations.