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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 12

The Devils We Know

CARLETON HENSLEY’S diabetes and high blood pressure should have been treated earlier and more aggressively; had that been done, he would have lived a better life, longer than he did. But in the Predictive Health world, we wouldn’t wait for him to get a disease, that would be missing the big opportunity to prevent it. It may seem from previous chapters that we don’t yet have all the tools to completely predict Mr. Hensley’s health, and that is true, but even now there are some opportunities for focusing on and keeping health that don’t require new science and new machines.

Some things that predict health and the risk of losing it are pretty easy to measure. Waist size is a good example. We are fat and getting fatter, ...

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