Most people stray away when the term “aging” comes around. Aging is a process that should be embraced wholeheartedly. In recent years, healthy lifestyle has become popular again as a way to achieve a youthful appearance. There are also anti-aging treatments available to remove lines around the eyes and to keep a younger smoother skin.
Aside from the thought of wrinkles and saggy skin, most people equate aging with detrimental diseases and illness. However, it shouldn’t be the case. The solution is to eliminate certain factors that cause age related illnesses. Although we can’t undo our genetic makeup, we can still prevent by following the ways listed below.
Here are 5 common age related illnesses and ways on how to avoid them.
Cancer has become prevalent in recent years. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. But more than 4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes. Although there are a lot of types of cancer, there are ways to avoid each of them: Protection from harmful UV light, healthy nutrition like eating a well-balance diet of meats and greens and smoking cessation for skin, colon and lung cancer, respectively. Also, stress can also increase people’s tendency for unhealthy lifestyle choices so meditation, breathing and yoga can help.
Cardiovascular diseases are group of diseases concerning the heart and the blood vessels. Individuals at risk of CVD may show increase in blood pressure, glucose and lipids, as well as obesity. To avoid these, one must be geared to protect one’s heart. Maintaining a healthy weight by regular exercise, reducing alcohol intake and consuming food low on sugar and eating food rich in omega-3 fatty acids are some of the preventive measures. Eliminate trans fat because nothing good comes out of those.
Diabetes is the increase in the levels of blood sugar and it can lead to serious health problems like the ones mentioned above. The same drills like exercising regularly, maintaining an ideal weight for height, reducing alcohol intake and giving up on smoking are some of the preventive measures. Eating a well-balanced meal is highly encouraged and sadly, it also means cutting down on the slices of your favorite dessert.
Chronic Obstructive Respiratory Diseases
Chronic Obstructive Respiratory Diseases (COPD), also known as the the Smoker’s cough, is a life-threatening lung disease. According to the World Health Organization, the primary cause is tobacco use. Smoking cessation has been one of the staple don’ts of living healthily. Limit your smoke exposure by staying in a smoke-free place, wearing masks, and avoiding people who smoke.
Dementia affects the older people but it is not part of normal aging. It is a disease in which there is increased memory loss and deterioration in thinking, behavior and performing tasks. There is no cure for dementia so prevention or slowing down the process is always the key. Countering diabetes, heart diseases and physical inactivity can help lessen the risk. One must also check his predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease because it leads to dementia. Keeping your mind active by reading, playing board games or dancing are linked to a reduced risk. These help improve memory and improve cognitive function. Have a healthy diet. Maintain good relationships with others by staying socially active. Lastly, reconnect with your faith.
Aging is an experience that we will all go through. What we want is to grow old with a health that is balanced in body, mind, spirit and emotions—the holistic approach. After all, one cannot preserve youth for so long as nature dictates.