DayBreaks for 11/13/17: The Risk of Mortality
NOTE: Galen is traveling.
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2007:
I’ve got to admit, I’m a bit of a news lover. I am constantly checking to find out what’s going on in the world. I find it fascinating. More often than not, what I find fascinating is the way in which the news is reported, or even the idiocies that are claimed in the news story itself.
For many of us, on 11/07/07, some great news came out from the Associated Press (imagine that!) It seems that some medical studies have been done recently that suggest that being overweight isn’t really as bad for you as we’d all been led to believe. Here’s part of the article:
““This is a very puzzling disconnect,” said Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “That is a conundrum.”
“It was the second study by the same government scientists who two years ago first suggested that deaths from being too fat were overstated. The new report further analyzed the same data, this time looking at specific causes of death along with new mortality figures from 2004 for 2.3 million U.S. adults.
“Excess weight does not uniformly increase the risk of mortality from any and every cause, but only from certain causes,” said the study’s lead author Katherine Flegal, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Galen’s Thoughts: I’ll bet many of you feel better after reading this, don’t you?
What a fantasy world we live in! Did you catch the bit of fantasy as you read through this portion of the report? Here it is: “Excess weight does not uniformly increase the risk of mortality from any and every cause…” Hum. Now isn’t that interesting? When you stop to think about it, what is the risk of mortality that we all face? Isn’t it 100%? I seriously doubt that, fatness or thinness aside, anyone’s risk or dying (sooner or later) will go above 100%, or below 100%. I think that our risk of mortality is pretty doggone fixed right there at 100%, period.
It was just last night that I lay in bed thinking about mortality. I’m a 55-year-old male, non-smoker. I watch what I eat and try to not consume too much cholesterol or saturated fats. I force myself to eat salads when I’d much rather be snacking down on some juicy steak. Bluch… Why? To reduce my “risk of mortality”. I’ve already had one quadruple bypass. What are the odds of my reducing my risk of mortality to 98%, or 70%? Z-E-R-O.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t take care of our bodies – they are the gift of God and the temple of the Holy Spirit according to Scripture. I’m just pointing out, once again, that our risk of mortality is 100% and we’d better get used to that idea instead of trying to pretend that it won’t happen.
When I was young, I couldn’t really conceive of dying. If it would ever happen, it would be someday way off in the future, decades away – in fact, so far away that it might as well have been something that would only happen in Never-Never Land. Now, given my family history, I might be lucky to make it another 15 years before mortality overtakes me. How ready am I? Good question. How ready are you?
PRAYER: May we live this day as if it is our last, may we live tomorrow, if we are granted it, in gratefulness and thanksgiving. May our lives be fully swallowed up in the Risen One! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.