Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chronic Disease

4 key changes for prevention of heart disease, cancer and diabetes

You can prevent and reverse heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as many other chronic illnesses that have been linked to lifestyle such as osteoporosis, dementia, macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis by some changes in life.
Experts recommended the following four lifestyle habits people should follow to reap the benefits:
1. Eat a low-fat vegetarian (better yet, vegan) diet: Animal products cause inflammation of the body’s tissues and over time, render them dysfunctional and damaging to surrounding tissues.
2. Exercise regularly: On an average 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise on most days or 20-60 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 days a week.
3. Quit smoking: Smoking of any kind is linked to disease and to mortality.
4. Practice stress management: Learn what can be done to prevent stress taking a toll on your life.

The write up is compiled by Dr Shahjada Selim,
an Endocrinologist working at BIRDEM Hospital.
E-mail: selimshahjada@gmail.com