Health Issues You're Not Too Young To Face

You probably don’t think about health issues such as strokes and colon cancer when you’re in your twenties. But according to present-day research, some disorders associated with older age are affecting younger adults, while others are heavily influenced by the prevalence of sedentary lifestyle in your twenties and thirties.

There is a rise in risk of health issues such as High Blood Pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, Stroke, Colon and Rectal Cancer, in younger adults. It is of utmost importance to understand the factors that contribute to these health issues and ways to prevent them, before they turn into a health crisis. 

As per an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study, “One in five young adults in India has high blood pressure equating to approximately 80 million people”. Furthermore, studies also show that about 10% to 15% of strokes arising in young adult patients emerge in nearly 1/5th of them being admitted to hospitals.

There are a plethora of risk factors contributing to increasing health issues. Some of which include:

  • Sedentary lifestyle and decreased physical activity
  • Dietary choices such as exposure and low consumption of vegetables and fruits
  • Weight and obesity
  • High cholesterol

Studies have shown if younger adults are able to reach middle age with low cholesterol, ideal blood pressure, optimal weight, and are not diabetic, the odds of developing these health issues will be less.

Experts have suggested ways to minimize these risks for a healthier future.

  • Exercise: If you have a high cholesterol level, you may be able to control it with lifestyle modifications. When possible, swap harmful fats for heart-healthy plant fats. Regular exercise and a nutrient-dense diet should be combined as much as possible to help you control your cholesterol.
  • Eat Better Foods: A well-balanced diet is essential for good health and nutrition. It offers protection against a wide range of chronic noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Eating healthy, aids in the maintenance of your body’s daily functions, promotes optimal body weight, and can aid in disease prevention.
  • Lower Blood Sugar: Reducing blood sugar as too much glucose in the bloodstream can lead to serious foot complications like nerve damage, infection, and ulcers.

“There’s no doubt that how you live the first half of your life not only impacts your current state, but it also affects how healthy you’ll be in the second half of your life.”

Disclaimer: This article is provided for information purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for medical diagnosis and treatment.

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