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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 health.

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.

Regular Exercise

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.