23 Aug Why Most Chronic Diseases in Adults Are Preventable
In the United States today, there is a growing number of adults who are struggling with chronic diseases that are impacting their healthy and their quality of life. Chronic diseases are classified as human health conditions that are persistent or otherwise long-lasting in their effects. These conditions include heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
While no one ever deserves to be diagnosed with these conditions or wants to struggle with these chronic diseases, science has shown that some of these diseases are actually preventable and manageable with the right treatment, therapies and lifestyle changes. The more you know about how to prevent these diseases and manage them if you are diagnosed—the better.
The very first thing you can do to help maintain your health, is to make some simple, but impactful lifestyle changes that can help you prevent these chronic conditions from happening in the first place.
If you stop smoking, or never start smoking in the first place, it can really lower your risk of certain serious health issues. This includes heart disease, lung disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. The good thing about quitting smoking is that it is never too late to make a change. Quitting smoking now can have serious, positive impacts on your health.
Diet and Exercise
Most people know how important diet and exercise are, even if they aren’t doing it as regularly as they should. However, what many people don’t realize is that a healthy diet and exercise plan will do more than just help you shed a few pounds, it can actually help prevent chronic diseases. Eating healthy can help with type 2 diabetes in particular—in fact a healthy, balanced diet will help you prevent, delay and manage this condition and heart disease. Exercise will have the same positive impact all while helping avoid obesity.
Over time, excessive alcohol consumption can have a serious impact on your health. Long-term and high-volume drinking can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and liver disease. It has also been linked to stroke and certain cancers. By limiting your alcohol consumption you can also limit the likelihood of getting these conditions.
If there is one thing that most people aren’t doing to help stay as healthy as possible—it is get enough sleep. There have been numerous studies about the impact that insufficient sleep can have on different health conditions and experts have found that it can be linked to the development of diabetes, obesity, depression and heart disease. Getting at least seven hours of sleep every night can not only prevent these conditions but help with their management as well.
If you have questions about what lifestyle changes you could be making to help you stay healthier, or, if you have questions about early detection or lifestyle changes you can make to help manage a chronic condition, contact us today. Continuum Internal Medicine is here to help answer your questions and help you make the positive changes you need to be the healthiest version of yourself possible. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at 817-617-8560.