Current Lifestyle Problem Causing Major Illness   



Current Lifestyle Problem Causing Major Illness

 

With fitness gyms mushrooming all over the country and exercise facilities that are more easily accessible everywhere (e.g.: condominiums and parks), freely available information on health as well as exercise, and healthier eating options, it is not surprising to see an increased the growing fitness craze and interest of keeping oneself fit.

The accessibility to healthcare services among the public has become one of the main focuses on world healthcare development. Knowledge and empowerment for better understanding in health also underline the hard work needed to see more prevention of diseases are taken place.

However, research showed that many chronic diseases are closely linked to lifestyles. An estimated 80% of heart disease, stroke as well as type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancer, can be avoided if common lifestyle risk factors were eliminated. Yet, most of us are still grappling with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cancer. These chronic illnesses can affect the productivity and ultimately, the economy of the nation (not to mention one’s health).  

Poor Diet

Most of the people now are leading unhealthy lifestyles. To save time, we fancy eating fast food or processed foods. Fast foods and processed foods equal fast eating to save precious time from having to prepare and cook meals, all this while maintaining the extremely busy schedule. We can say that “work is my life.” Research showed that at least 95% of Americans have at least one nutrient deficiency in their diet, as they always eat high calories food like animal fats, meat and bread.
Moreover, Asia, which is deemed a food paradise, also is facing influx of unhealthy fast foods and some of Asia’s own cuisines are unhealthy. These high-fat, high-cholesterol and low-vitamin diets are wreaking and overloading our bodies with toxics instead of nutrients, eventually causing problems like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cancer.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Coach potatoes beware! Research showed that about 14-20% of cancer related mortality is due to overweight and obesity, which can be caused by inactivity. We need to stay active to burn fats, increase heart’s ability to pump blood and increase our immune system. Nowadays, people tend to spend time on computer games, cell phones, video games, television, and movies, instead of exercise. Low levels of physical activity with high calorie-consumption will lead to future healthy complications such as being overweight, increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and exposing one to premature mortalities (including hypertension, diabetes and cancer). Studies also found that sedentary lifestyle may speed up the rate of ageing.

Chronic Stress

Today, stress is known killer. In America, stress-related medical problems consist of 75-90% of doctors’ consultation. The number of children, teenagers, college students and employees under stress are increasing. It is worrying to know that stress has the ability to cause Alzheimer’s disease, ageing, high blood pressure, substance abuse, sleeping as well as eating disorders. A person will be prone to health complications since chronic stress weakens the body’s immune system, making the body more susceptible to damage. Thus, having the means to reduce stress and leading a more active lifestyle are important to prevent chronic and lifelong diseases.

Destructive Habits

Some of the people ‘kill’ their “pain” by turning to tobacco, alcohol or drugs. The damage? Simply irreversible. In year 2000, there are about 4.8 million smoking-related premature deaths in the US. Smoking increases the risk of at least 15 types of cancer, including nasopharynx, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, lip, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, lung, oesophagus, pancreas, uterine cervix, kidney, bladder, stomach and acute myeloid leukaemia. Meanwhile, alcohol increases the risk of cancer of mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, breast and liver cancers.
Both guys who consume more than two alcoholic drinks and females who consume one alcoholic drink in a day have a higher chance to contract those diseases.

There are scientific evidences showing that about one-third of the cancer deaths in the US every year are due to unhealthy diet and low physical activity. Studies estimated that diabetes will increase more than double, from 5.6% in year 2005 to 12% in year 2050. Additionally, WHO estimated the number of overweight people globally will increase to 2.3 billion by 2015, and at least 700 million will be obese. These indicate that the death statistics in relation to lifestyle diseases are still increasing, continuously. In fact, most of these diseases, including cancers, are caused by avoidable factors which could be preventable (unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, stress, tobacco use, alcohol and drug abuse. 

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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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