- Heart Disease
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
The key is taking charge of your own health. That means follow your doctor’s instructions and take your medications as directed if you know you have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to heart disease and stroke.
Adopt a healthier lifestyle. Taking charge of your own health means making some hard decisions about the way you live.
- Stop smoking and don’t allow anyone to smoke in the house. Second-hand smoke is also deadly.
- Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Limit meat to poultry and fish for the most part. Try not to eat red meat more than once each week. Red meat includes beef, pork, and lamb.
- Exercise goes right along with eating a healthy diet. You don’t have to go to the gym. Walking is a great exercise. Buy yourself a pedometer and try for 10,000 steps each day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the back of the parking lot so you have to walk to get to your destination (my children used to grumble a lot about this one!).
- Maintain a healthy weight for your body. The CDC website can help you determine your ideal weight. There you will learn exactly how to measure and weigh yourself and their Body Mass Indicator (BMI) will show you how to interpret your height and weight.
- Manage stress. Stress creates havoc in our bodies from interfering with proper digestion to weakening the autoimmune system. Figure out what is causing stress in your life and get rid of it if you can and learn to manage it if you cannot. You may need professional help in solving stress problems.
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