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Diet, lifestyle, regular health check-ups and screening tests can dramatically influence your health.
Regardless of age, stay on top of your game by doing the following:
KNOW THY SELF
Look after yourself; know the symptoms and the risks. If something seems out of the norm, alert your doctor to it.
Knowing your family history is one of the best ways to understand whether you’re at risk of developing certain diseases. It reveals a genetic predisposition to cancers, diabetes, heart disease and strokes amongst other illnesses. All it takes is a conversation: talk to your family and take note of any illnesses that a direct relative has experienced, it could save your life.
SAVE MONEY & STOP SMOKING
You don't need this site to tell you smoking is bad. And you've probably already noticed the burning hole in your pocket... But jeesh, smoking is responsible for more than 8 in 10 occurrences of lung cancers in the UK. Studies show that smokers in their 30s and 40s are 5 times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers.
GET YOUR HEART PUMPING
Get your heart pumping, get active! Start small and work up to a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Keep yourself moving throughout the day; long periods of uninterrupted sitting down increase your risk of disease. Every little bit counts – take the stairs instead of the lift or take a walk during your lunch break.
Fill yourself up with whole foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (nuts), pulses, beans, poultry, fish and lean cuts of red meat. This will ensure your calories, nutrients, minerals, essential amino and fatty acids come from different sources. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Eat foods which are low in saturated fats, unsaturated fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars. Balance calories from foods and beverages with calories you burn off from physical activity. Your calorie deficit or surplus will determine your weight. Obesity and being overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases: type 2 diabetes; cardiovascular disease; hypertension; stroke and certain cancers.
Alcohol can be part of a healthy, balanced diet, but only if consumed in moderation. The UK government advises that men should not drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol each day, the equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer.
TAKE A BREAK
We all experience stress but long-term stress can be a factor in the onset or worsening of poor health. Keeping your stress in check is essential to your health and well-being. Take time out of each day and go for a walk or do something you find relaxing.
Sleep is important. We don't quite understand sleep but we do know the quality of your sleep can dictate how much you eat, how fast your metabolism runs, how fat or thin you are, how well you can fight off infections, and how well you can cope with stress. Keep a regular pattern of sleep; going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time is a good indicator you’re doing it right.
Moustache Cup's Healthy Living Guide has used the information found from reputable sources: