Make Your Later Years Healthy Ones; Tap Into Your Fountain Of Youth
It’s a fact of life that we are all living a lot longer, but how can we ensure that those later years are healthy ones? Maybe all it takes is making a few lifestyle changes; stop smoking, cut back on alcohol, add in plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet and exercise regularly. Keep on this path and you can add as many as 12 years to your life.
Researchers have found out that we need to take positive action as we age, primarily because although life expectancy is on the up, the amount of years in which we are healthy is not. A Lancet report pinpointed that most health risks are derived from lifestyle-related negatives so all we have to do is take heed.
What do the stats say?
How about some figures? From 1990 – 2013 in the UK, life expectancy for men rose to 79.1 years (a jump of 6.2 years) and for women it hit 82.8 (a jump of 4.4 years). The only hiccup is that research also showed that the amount of this time anticipated to be spent in a state of good health rose by only 3.3 years for women and 4.7 for men.
By making the sort of lifestyle changes that we have mentioned above, we can avoid major illnesses; whilst we cannot always avoid biological risks (inherited genetics) or environmental ones, we can do as much as possible to reduce the amount of health problems that tend to add up as we age. Things like high blood pressure and obesity can be tackled head on by looking after our body and mind.
Is your food making you sick?
We all want to live long and prosper but it is interesting to note that we have moved from a world 20 years ago, where people were not getting enough food, to many of us eating too much food and of the wrong type. If purely eating the wrong sort of food can make us sick then it is worth persevering in order to change not only what we eat but the way we eat. The same report showed that nearly 12.9 million deaths were due to heart disease and strokes, both of which can be worsened by eating too much of the wrong food, smoking, not exercising sufficiently and drinking too much alcohol.
Cut out the bad habits early on
Whilst we cannot battle Mother Nature and we are always going to be susceptible to some types of illnesses, perfect health may not be on the cards but we can be proactive when it comes to preventing these types of health problems from accumulating. Thinking ahead to our 70s and 80s, we need to consider what the condition of our health may be by that age and realise that although it may not be perfect, it can be a lot better if we take control early on and try to avoid illnesses that are provoked by bad habits.
Maybe the plan should be not to try and tap into our own Fountain of Youth and remain forever young but to work towards making our health as good as it can be for our lengthening age.
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