Preventing Chronic Diseases from Affecting Your Lifestyle in Your Golden Years
By Anica Oaks
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Staying healthy throughout life involves a number of different factors. Good genes are only one part of the recipe that allows individuals to maintain good health as they age. There are proactive steps you can take to help you avoid chronic diseases, so you can continue to participate in activities you enjoy.
Eat a Plant-Based Diet
Industrialized nations have included significant amounts of meat in their daily diet, but science is finding that a plant-based diet can help you avoid many of the chronic diseases that occur as people age. You can find many recipes that substitute beans, lentils, tofu, vegetables and other items for the meat component that are still delicious and enjoyable.
Get Regular Exercise
Health experts are declaring that “sitting is the new smoking,” in regard to the damaging effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Studies show that regular exercise can be helpful in avoiding many chronic diseases, including type-2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, dementia and some types of cancer. Any type of exercise will provide benefits, and you can choose whatever type you prefer. Bicycling, dancing, tennis, golf, working out at the gym or simply taking a long walk around your neighborhood every day will provide a workout for your heart, lungs, muscles and circulatory system.
See Your Doctor Regularly
Every individual should get an annual physical examination with laboratory bloodwork to ensure they are healthy and to diagnose small problems that can be corrected before they become larger issues. Many health professionals take preventing chronic disease CME courses to help their patients learn the habits that will help them avoid serious diseases as they age.
Learn Stress Management Techniques
If you learn to recognize stress and apply effective de-stressing techniques, you will be able to live a longer, healthier and more engaged life. Many communities offer meditation classes that can help you calm your mind and your body. Exercise is another good way to burn off stress and feel more in control of your life. Yoga practice can help strengthen your body, while calming your mind. Biofeedback techniques can also help you understand how your body holds stress and how to relieve it.
Stay Socially Engaged
Your social connections can also help you to live a longer, healthier and happier life. Staying connected to family, friends, church members and fellow hobbyists enrich your life, provide a perspective on problems and allow an outlet for your emotions. These effects become even more important as you get older.
Simple actions you take throughout your life can have big benefits on your health during your golden years. If you implement these tips, you will enjoy better physical, mental and emotional health, so you can enjoy every year to the fullest.