6 Biggest Threats to Your Health And How to Protect Yourself

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According to lark, Millennials are at a risk of 10 chronic physical and mental conditions, including hypertension, substance abuse, high cholesterol, and major depression. Moreover, our environment and the people around us significantly impact our health. These conditions and agents are controllable, given the proper attention and willingness to change. Here is a list of health threats and how you can protect yourself from them:

Pollution Control:

According to WHO, air pollution causes 4.2 million deaths every year due to stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer. It is a staggering statistic that has been increasing every year. Nine out of ten people across the world breathe unhealthy air daily. Moreover, contaminated water leads to several waterborne diseases, which can be fatal if not treated properly.

The best way to deal with this is to raise awareness. If you neglect the environment, you neglect yourself and your health. The adverse impacts of environmental pollution are seen greatly in under-developed countries and low socioeconomic populations worldwide.

Raising awareness is not enough. People need to get educated on the negative impacts of not addressing this issue and its impacts on health through professional degrees. It should be an entire discipline of studies, greatly emphasized by the governments and incentivized.

For example, a master’s in public health gives you a greater understanding of what people worldwide are suffering from due to lack of attention. People shy away from MPH and similar degrees due to lack of scope and time. However, with greater emphasis on public health worldwide, the demand for Public Health professionals is on the rise. Moreover, people can go for an online MPH program to save their time and effort of relocation.

Mental Health:

Millennials and Generation Z have greater stress and anxiety rates than previous generations. That can lead to many problems in the body, including hormonal imbalance, hypertension, hyperactivity, depression, and even diseases like diabetes. The reason behind all is money, whether that be earning a livelihood or paying off excessive student debt.

Other concerns seem to mount on this generation, including staying at the top of their game by showing off things they can’t afford to impress people they don’t particularly like. It has become a societal norm that drains away from your mental health.

The best way to deal with this is by seeking professional help and going for stress management. You can exercise regularly, do yoga and meditation, and go for visualization. All these preventive measures act as stress buffers and make you healthy both physically and mentally in the long run.

Fast Food Cravings and Obesity:

According to many studies, youngsters are the greatest fast-food consumers. That results in greater exposure to several health problems, including potent heart conditions. The main cause of this is that fast food is inexpensive, easy to order, and easy to eat. Moreover, it is delicious and sometimes, if not often, irresistible.

The best way to protect yourself from fast food obesity is to regularly make a diet plan and exercise. A couple of cheat days a month are okay. Still, you need to make sure that you substitute high-fat and calorie items with healthy and low-calorie organic food items.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse:

Alcohol and substance abuse cause several health concerns. According to WHO, approximately 35 million people worldwide suffer from drug use disorders. These include substances like nicotine, marijuana, heroin, crystal meth, ecstasy, etc. Even minors are exposed to these addictive substances and suffer the consequences throughout their lives. The main cause is easy accessibility, social trends, and lack of attention until addiction’s escalation.

The best way to deal with this is by providing both preventive and corrective guidance to addicts. We see many rehabilitation centers worldwide that are more than willing to help addicts get back on their feet and start their lives afresh. Moreover, these people need a supporting and understanding attitude from their families. You need to be patient with them.

Chronic Diseases:

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that six out of 10 Americans suffer from chronic disease. Whereas 4 out of 10 suffer from two or more chronic diseases. These diseases include Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Stroke, Cancer, heart disease, etc. The main reason behind this is insufficient nutrition, excessive alcoholism or tobacco use, and insufficient exercise.

The best way to deal with chronic diseases is to take preventive care, especially if a certain disease runs in the genes. If one encounters such a disease, it is advised that all corrective and prescriptive measures are taken very seriously. Moreover, ensure regular visits to your general physician once every few months to rule out fatal possibilities.

Physical Exertion:

Research indicates that staying physically active delays and sometimes even presents several diseases. Moreover, inactivity is the causal agent of advanced aging and mental health conditions. To deal with this problem, make sure that some form of physical exertion is always present in your daily routine. If you want to level it up, try incorporating exercise into your daily routine.

Join a gym, hire an instructor and commit to working out regularly. The more eager and devoted you are, the better the results.

Final Thought:

Almost all health problems are manageable and can be controlled via preventive and corrective measures. It lies in your willingness to change and make a difference for yourself. Moreover, seeking professional help only increases the probability of getting effective guidance and a plan of action.

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