Going Out On Your Own Terms

I have been practicing medicine at one location for 30 years so I have many patients that started seeing me decades ago and now have reached the age when retirement is closing in. A number of these patients have targeted an exact date for this retirement, have planned out their unused leave/vacation, have calculated their financial portfolio to feel comfortable that they will maintain a good life-style and basically, have all the “I’s” dotted and “T’s” crossed. They are going out on their own terms.

This is in contrast to a number of other patients I have in their 50’s-60’s that have their destiny dictated by others. Downsizing and other reasons are provided when those people are told by their employers that they will need to leave. Yes, a certain severance package may be offered up, but frequently, the person is not ready to leave the workforce, has not saved enough for a confortable retirement and fear/insecurity sets in. In this scenario, the person is NOT going out on his/her own terms.

As this is not a retirement blog, but rather a weight control focused entry, please follow my line of thought. Poor weight control leads inevitably to a number of co-morbidities, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic pain. These potentially life-altering/life-changing/life-ending problems produce a much higher chance of the affected person not being to do lots “on their own terms”. From being able to stay in the workforce to being able to self-care as opposed to relying on others, successful weight control will markedly improve your odds of doing LOTS “on your own terms”.

The later phases of life are much better when we can make our approach to this by doing things on our own terms. Stay steadfast on your weight control efforts and “your own terms” will prevail.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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