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Top 4 Lifestyle Diseases to Take Seriously

Top 4 Lifestyle Diseases to Take Seriously

05/20/2021 10:22
health
Ismaeel Delgado

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ObesityHeart diseasesDiabetesCancer

As the famous saying goes, “health is not valued until sickness comes in.” The bad news is that so many people willfully expose themselves to chronic ailments through their lifestyle. Lifestyle-related diseases don’t only affect adults; sometimes, children fall victim to such tragedies. Changes in technology and the shift in purchasing power have impacted how society functions today. The world has become a busier place, and with less physical activity and no spare time, uncommon diseases find their way to destroy people’s health.

Globally, it has been estimated that 14 million people aged 30 to 69 lose their lives prematurely due to heart attack, diabetes, and hypertension. Some lifestyle diseases are known to be more dangerous than hereditary ones. Do you want to live long and achieve your dreams? Here are the top five lifestyle diseases you should know and avoid.

Obesity

While obesity is a common health danger, many people tend to take it for granted. Checking your body mass index (BMI) will help you know whether you are obese (overweight) or not. If your BMI (height to square mass ratio) is greater than 25, that suggests, you belong to the obese category. Poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, and stressful lifestyle all contribute to this condition. Overweight people often have health issues relating to blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular system. Millions of people around the world experience this condition, with America and India recording very high numbers.

Heart diseases

Heart diseases refer to disorders that affect the muscles of your heart and blood vessels. Harmful lifestyle habits like smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes can speed up the development of heart diseases. Genetic factors can also play a role in your heart health. That said, if you live an inactive lifestyle by failing to do basic exercises, you can jeopardize your cardiac health and shorten your lifespan.

Diabetes

This is a metabolic disorder that impacts how your system uses food to produce energy and promote your physical growth. The four major types of diabetes include Type 1, Type 2, gestational, and pre-diabetes. Type 2 is the most common globally, and changeable behavioral risk factors cause it. This disorder usually occurs in adults due to unhealthy eating habits and wrong lifestyle choices. Kids do experience this condition as well.

Cancer

Cancerous diseases affect several parts of your body, and they are characterized by the haphazard multiplication of abnormal cells, which can invade other areas of your body. Over seven million people lose their lives to cancer every year, and a whopping 30% of these cases are attributable to dangerous lifestyles.

Bladder cancer, for instance, happens when cells multiply and form a tumor in your bladder. Early screening is crucial to effective bladder cancer diagnosis and treatment. Individuals with congenital disabilities linked to their bladder and people who get exposed to dangerous chemicals at their workplace are at more risk of experiencing this disease. Therefore, go for regular screening for the benefit of the doubt.

Ismaeel Delgado | Ismaeel Delgado has been working for the Ministry of Information and Communications as a Technical Officer for the past five years. He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer with a Masters in Information and Communication Engineering. He is involved in the review, revision, redesign, and expansion of the required structure, legislation, laws, and technically relevant national planning and program for spectrum management based on ITU radio regulations as a technical officer in the Ministry of Information and Communications' Frequency Management Department.

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