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Lifestyle Changes That May Help Ward Off Chronic Disease

Lifestyle Changes That May Help Ward Off Chronic Disease

For many people dealing with serious chronic diseases such as hypertension, type II diabetes and coronary artery disease, may just seem like a way of life. While these diseases are serious, life-changing and often difficult to manage, there are actually ways to help ward off these chronic diseases—and that is by making healthy lifestyle changes.

Avoiding Tobacco 

It should come as no surprise that avoiding tobacco use is a very effective way to help ward off some very serious diseases. In addition to lowering your chances of getting cancer and having a stroke, avoiding tobacco use can also help lessen your chances of developing chronic respiratory disease and heart disease.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

By maintaining a healthy weight and healthy BMI (Body Mass Index), you can lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Make sure to visit your physician to determine where you fall on the weight scale for your age and height and consult with them about healthy choices you can make to keep your weight down.

Staying Active

This shouldn’t be a surprise, but adults who are able to stay active, by getting at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, are much less likely to develop serious illnesses like heart disease and even type II diabetes and hypertension.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is a key to warding off so many different diseases and can help any person stave off several serious conditions. So what type of “healthy” diet is going to ward off these diseases? It doesn’t have to be complex. Stick to real foods. Don’t worry about saturated fats found in butter or eggs but instead in processed foods. Be on the lookout for refined carbs and sugars such as those found in soda and bread. The more natural your diet, the less of a chance you have of developing serious diseases especially those related to high cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease.

Limiting Alcohol Consumption 

Excessive alcohol consumption can have a major impact on your health. Like many of these healthy lifestyle changes, limiting alcohol in your everyday life can help with curbing the development of heart disease, peptic ulcers, and help prevent liver disease. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), Men should limit their consumption to two drinks per day and women to one drink per day, A drink of alcohol is defined by the ACS as 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of 80-proof distilled spirits (hard liquor).

Decreasing Stress

Stress is something that most people today cope with, but it can be extremely detrimental to your health. Managing stress means warding off the potential for issues like chronic migraines and high blood pressure, along with all of the potential conditions that come with elevated blood pressure. Those who live high-stress lives are also less likely to maintain a healthy weight, get less sleep, workout less and make poor dietary choices.

Stress management should be a major priority when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices. When you are less stressed you are not only doing your body a favor, but you are allowing yourself to be the best version of yourself possible so you can be a better employee, friend, spouse or parent.

You only have one body, so the more you can do to make sure it stays healthy and strong the more you will be able to fight off these serious, chronic diseases. People often put the needs of their body last, but without your body and your health, you won’t be able to do all of the things that you love. Be selfish and put yourself first for once. Make sure to consult with your doctor if you have questions about your health and other changes you can make to your lifestyle to ensure you are living your best and longest life.