Reducing the Risk of Disease by Staying Healthy
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Health
Staying healthy is something for which everyone must take as a personal
duty. An important part of staying healthy is eating a nutritious and
balanced diet. Staying healthy requires work, but the payback far
outweighs the costs. Incorporating tips for staying healthy will help
in avoiding the flu, colds, and other illnesses. Be sure to read
through these tips for staying healthy especially if you value your
Protecting Against Disease
The body cannot protect itself against diseases alone, as it needs
your help. All of the major causes of death such as cancer, stroke,
lung disease and injury can be prevented by the things that you do. 65%
of all deaths in adults are caused by heart disease, cancer and stroke.
But many of the actions that cause these issues begin at an early age.
Evidence is rapidly accumulating to suggest that stress plays an
important role in several types of chronic health problems especially
cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and psychological
disorders. Other factors that put people at risk for disease include
your age, your medical and family history, and individual choices that
people make. What can you do to stay healthy and prevent disease?
Losing weight helps lower the risk of health problems especially
people with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Maintaining normal
cholesterol levels with help prevent diseases and can help prevent
circulation problems. If you quit smoking, you'll lower your risk for
heart attack, stroke, nerve disease, kidney disease, and oral disease.
It is important to talk to your doctor about how to reduce the risk
factors of heart disease, including controlling your cholesterol.
Exercise can help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure,
diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, and possibly colon cancer, stroke,
and back injury. A high-fiber, low-fat diet and regular exercise can
help you lose weight gradually and help you keep it off. Try to
exercise for 30 to 60 minutes, 4 to 6 times a week, but any amount is
better than none. Low-impact, moderate intensity exercise activities,
such as walking and swimming, are great choices. Wellness is a way of
living that highlights such preventive measures as eating a healthy
diet; making exercise an enjoyable part of your life, and making
self-care decisions that will improve the quality of your life.
Staying healthy requires moderation in everything that you do.
Staying healthy physically and mentally is important to preventing many
of the diseases that plague our society. Maintaining or adopting a
healthy lifestyle as you get older can increase your chances of staying
healthy and maintaining your independence. Whether you like playing
sports, drawing, singing, writing stories, or just being funny, share
your commitment to staying healthy with others and let's fight health
problems that can be prevented.