Lifestyle and Chronic Diseases: How to prevent them through healthy habitsSubscribe

Health is always a challenging fix. Also, health is the only thing we do in our lives, which is purely for ourselves. So, the only way our bodies can remain healthy in the long run is to avoid lifestyle and chronic diseases. The choices and habits we develop also have to be long-term and sustainable. 

What are lifestyle disorders?

Before we look into the habits we need to develop, let’s quickly look at what we mean by lifestyle disorders. Any long-term diseases are called chronic illnesses. However, those that can be prevented or slowed down by making changes in your lifestyle are also called lifestyle diseases.

For instance, one may have chronic diabetes. However, type 1 is not due to lifestyle, while type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disorder and can be prevented or slowed down by impacting one’s lifestyle. Some other suspects are heart ailments, breathing and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), stroke, cancer, diabetes and other metabolism-related disorders. Many bone and joint diseases may also be classified in this category. 

Healthy eating: A diet high in healthy and low in unhealthy cholesterol can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and gallbladder stones (they are solidified fat in many cases). Similarly, a diet rich in fibre, whole grains, legumes, vegetables and low-sugar fruits can even reverse type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders. 

Physical Activity: It’s not just about burning calories; it’s also about strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. It is about being agile and mobile and creating long-term stability in our locomotor system. It allows us to transition through life with fewer injuries, falls and muscular wear and tear. 

Sleep: This is the most underrated and overlooked component of health. Somehow there seems to be a notion that to succeed in this world, we need to work more, and it’s OK to sacrifice sleep. Lack of sleep not only causes tiredness, but it also doesn’t permit the internal organs to repair and rejuvenate. It impacts internal organs in the longer run. 

Stress Relief: This is one factor that impacts all other health-related aspects. It directly affects emotional and mental health, productivity at work, concentration, and how we relate with people. Chronic stress, with no relief through hobbies, recreation, etc., inevitably leads to fatigue and burnout. 

Relationships, Social connections and Sex: While they may not directly be seen as contributing to our life, many lifestyle issues can be addressed if people are happy and their bodies release happy hormones. Hormones, in turn, impact metabolism and then the whole cycle. 

The most important thing to remember when making lifestyle changes in all these areas is that the changes are sustainable. Drastic changes never last long enough to cause a significant shift in our health. These drastic changes might even backfire. So, consult an expert, choose personalized and customized changes you want to make, and then remember slow and steady wins the race!

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