Most think of gambling as it relates to money – winning or losing, placing bets, coming out ahead, or falling far behind. But what about gambling as it relates to your health and well-being? There are many choices we make each day that will impact our immediate health and our long-term health. Sure, the cigarette you smoke today might not cause cancer tomorrow but what about five or ten years down the road? What if missing your annual exam in 2016 means you find out in 2017 that it’s too late to treat a chronic disease? What if the extra drink you had at the bar puts your job or life in jeopardy?
One of the biggest gambles you can make is neglecting to take care of yourself in this very moment. A safe bet to place is to be aware of how you feel, make a daily effort to be a little healthier than you were yesterday, and receive routine checkups with a physician. When it comes to your health, second chances aren’t guaranteed.