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Luck Vs. Making Your Own Luck

Here is a definition of the word “LUCK”: success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions

We have all used that word at various times in our lives to describe our own or someone else’s good or bad outcomes/events.  Winning a lottery is certainly an example of having been lucky in a very good way.  Losing lots of money on a particular blackjack hand is certainly an instance of bad luck.

How about in the healthcare arena…does “LUCK” have any role in our futures as to our relative state of good vs. bad health?   Well, how about the lifetime cigarette smoker that lives until age 90 and does NOT have COPD or lung cancer?  Was “luck” involved in this?  Or, the morbidly obese person that goes in for an exam and lab testing and is told that there is no evidence of high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol?

Genetics/family history play a huge role in predicting outcomes and in the case of the 90 year old cigarette smoker, there is a high probability that COPD and cancer did not occur in the parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles etc.  Despite this, the smoker was taking a pretty big gamble in smoking the entire lifetime.

The point: “LUCK” is something we all may run out of as this relates to our health status IF we do not address the correctible things in our lifestyles that will negatively impact our health.  Allowing the excessive weight to remain will, more likely than not, lead eventually to the dreaded co-morbidities of poor weight control including diabetes, chronic pain, cancer, heart disease, dementia etc.

Casinos make lots of money because pretty much everyone gambling there believes they will be lucky and beat the casino.  Hospitals and mortuaries also make lots of money because people often have a false sense of being “lucky”.

And Marlon Brando tried to rely on ‘Luck” being a Lady…here is a tune from “Guys and Dolls”.    

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