Several health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease or cancer, apparently happen, whether you try your best to prevent them or not. Genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors play a more prominent role than anything else regarding these conditions.
While no disease is one hundred percent preventable, you can always take measures to prevent the spread of germs, viruses, and bacteria. In addition, making lifestyle changes may help reduce the risk of developing other diseases.
Choose a healthy lifestyle
A well-known saying stands that health is wealth, and there is a truth behind it. Making healthy food choices, regular physical activity, vaccinating, and washing your hands are only a few things you can do to have a healthy lifestyle. As part of daily life, healthy behaviors can prevent conditions like high blood pressure or obesity, both of which increase the risk of developing severe and common chronic diseases.
Have a healthy diet
A healthy diet should include vegetables and fruits, whole grains like quinoa, rice and oats, seeds and nuts, and healthy oils like extra-virgin olive oil. Ultra-processed foods are health hazards. It is best to consume homemade meals prepared with nutritious ingredients to prevent diseases and have good health.
Get regular exercise
Exercising for at least 30 minutes is an excellent aid for preventing, delaying, or managing diseases. If you want to start, you can try moderate-intensity physical activity (like gardening or walking) for at least 150 minutes a week while performing muscle-strengthening activities two days a week.
Inadequate sleep can quickly cause your immune system to suffer.
Conversely, your immune system functions better on adequate sleep. Lack of sleep due to chronic sleep disorders can also increase the odds of suffering from many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Therefore, you must sleep at least 7 hours every day.
Get proper rest
Feeling worn down or tired might make most people think they need additional hours of sleep, but it is not necessarily true. While the quantity of sleep is essential to feeling well, rest means much more than nightly sleep. Proper rest involves the whole being, not just the body. Complete and regular rest periods restore health, improve overall performance, and help achieve excellent wellness. You may incorporate as many spans of rest into your everyday routine as necessary.
Visit your doctor regularly
When you see your doctor or physician regularly, they can detect health conditions or diseases early. These visits are an excellent opportunity for catching problems in the early stages when they can be more treatable, making it easier to get the proper treatment quickly and avoid complications.
Get screened and checked
Health screenings save lives; it is not an overreaction. Check-ups help to catch some types of cancer and other serious health issues early for more successful treatment. There are screening recommendations you must take explicitly depending on your family history. Your doctor should be the one who can guide you through this path.
Know your family background
If your family has a history of chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis, you may be more susceptible to developing that disease yourself. Please, be aware of your family background and share it with your doctor or physician. They can help you take measures to prevent these conditions or catch them early.
Make wise personal choices
By making preventative care a regular part of your plans, exercising, and stopping bad habits, you can significantly and positively impact your health. The earlier you start, the easier it is to maintain these healthy habits.
Practice safe sex
Contraceptive methods can often prevent sexually transmitted infections by practicing safe sex, meaning using condoms and getting to know the background of your sexual partners, among others. These actions reduce the risk of disease and infecting others. Some cancer is related to viral infections, including sexually transmitted ones like human papillomavirus (HPV).
Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
Restrain yourself from these three most common distractions: cell phones, music devices, and beverages. Use the seat belts, so you and the passengers are correctly restrained. Drive defensively; aggressive drivers take unnecessary risks and often cause crashes. And don’t forget to share the road. Look out for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and commercial trucks.
When you stop smoking (or never start), it decreases the risk of severe health problems, such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, type 2 diabetes, and premature death, even for longtime smokers.
Excessive drinking, over time, might lead to heart disease, kidney damage, high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, and other severe health problems. Therefore, avoiding overdrinking might reduce the risk of developing these serious diseases.
At Signature Health Services, we encourage our entire community to take their health into their own hands. We have the expertise and knowledge to guide our patients through every step toward seizing their health.
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