Nutrition and stress are major causes of the lifestyle diseases. Making poor choices or having unhealthy nutrition and Stress can result in illnesses.
Lifestyle diseases include
• Lung cancer as a result of smoking
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Renal disease (kidney disease)
• Stress and Depression
• Type 2 Diabetes
Health and happiness
Life is a delicate balance between health and happiness. All mechanism of life contributes to the state of well-being. Smoking leads to lung cancer, obesity is the result of unhealthy diet, liver problems from alcohol abuse, these factor killing millions of people every year.
Root of the problem
Lifestyle diseases are slow progressing, long duration, largely preventable illnesses that result from numerous common adaptable risk factors.
Some of the causes contributing to lifestyle diseases are beyond our control; these include age, gender, race, and family history.
On the Other hand, some factors are within our control and we can decide to reduce the risk of these diseases, if we plan the appropriate actions. These include, our lifestyle, including physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, smoking, excessive stress and too much alcohol intake.
Tips to Healthier Lifestyle
The only sensible solution to prevent these diseases is to focus on your diet and level of physical activity. Also manage your stress levels, getting good sleep, and stay away from smoking.
To begin, you will need to take note of the following:
Know where you are
This is the first step in preventing lifestyle diseases. Go for health check up to find out the status of your health at least once a year. Speak to doctor what are the normal ranges and what they suggest. This will help you to understand what happening in your body.
Once you’ve determined where you are, you are closer to making changes to your lifestyle.
The quality of sleep directly affects the quality of working life. This includes mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity and physical vitality. Hence, make sure you get sufficient good sleep in order to wake up feeling refreshed.
Many people equate healthy eating with eating ordinary, boring, and unexciting foods. It basically means going for balanced diet, in Moderate amounts, and with a Variety of foods. The diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, can help protect your heart disease.
Overweight increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Weight loss is particularly important for the people having large waist measurements — more than 40 inches (101.6 cm) for men and more than 35 inches (88.9 cm) for women — because overweight body likely to develop diabetes and heart disease.
Best way to check your weight is healthy or not is to calculate your body mass index (BMI), which considers your height and weight in determining whether you have a healthy fat.
BMI value above 25 is linked with higher blood fats, higher blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Physical activity and Exercise improves cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility and burns up calories to keep you fit and neat. This allows you looking, feeling and thinking better. Try getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity / exercise every day.
Limit sedentary habits like watching television, or working on the computer to not more than two hours a day. Also try to be active as much you can in many ways like: taking the stairs instead of Lift, doing household works, washing your car or toilet, etc.
Rest and relax
Prolonged stress is a factor that increases the risk of lifestyle diseases, especially heart diseases. Most adults agree that modern living is a quite stressful. Calculated amounts of stress are acceptable, but with prolonged exposure to excessive stress levels, is definitely becomes harmful and can develop depression. Way to handle the stress is to find a companion to share your thoughts or go for a short holiday to rest and relax yourself.
Too much alcohol does increases your risk of developing lifestyle diseases. If you attend gatherings occasionally, choose non-alcoholic beverages or limit your alcohol intake. Smoking seems like a harmless puff of fun, but be aware of each stick contains thousands of chemicals that destroy healthy organs. Carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke replaces some of the oxygen in the blood.
These are little steps to get started on your healthier Lifestyle. Let’s start on today for change to live healthy and stay free from Lifestyle diseases.