Ailments in older adults may appear inescapable, but there are several strategies to maintain health for a longer period of time. What is the greatest strategy to protect yourself against illness as you age? While certain variables are beyond your control, such as the genes you get from your parents, there are actions you can take to reduce the chance of a painful and handicapped old life. We look at several age-related disorders and diseases and explain how to avoid the risk of contracting age-related illnesses in this article.
- Consume a healthy diet
You should consume five daily servings of fruits and vegetables (which are considered to lower the risk of various forms of cancer), lots of wholegrain bread and cereals (which lower the risk of bowel cancer), and just a small amount of saturated fat (linked to breast cancer). Consume less red and processed meat (a risk factor for bowel cancer and even stomach cancer) and limit your intake of salty preserved foods (they could increase stomach cancer risk). Avoid vitamin supplements as recent studies have revealed that they do not protect against diseases.
- Maintain a healthy weight
It has the potential to lower the risk of cancer. The body mass index (BMI) may be used to determine if your weight is healthy for your height: multiply the height by itself (in meters) and then divide by weight (in kilograms).
- Protect against the Sun
Take precautions in the Sun to lower your chance of contracting skin cancer. Stay under a shelter between 11 to 3 p.m., or wear sunglasses with basic UV protection, a wide-brimmed hat, and apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 generously and often. Avoid sunbeds as well as they aren’t any safer.
The greatest strategy to reduce this category of diseases is to limit or avoid the formation of fat clumps in the arteries (known as atherosclerosis). They can produce serious blockages, resulting in heart attacks and strokes.
- Consume a healthy diet
There is some evidence that eating oily fish (such as herring, salmon, mackerel, and pilchards) can help prevent heart disease. Consume two to three servings of fish every week, one of which should be oily. Limit salt intake to a maximum of 6g per day for adults.
- Drink alcohol in moderation
For males over 40 and women after menopause, one or two units per day are considered to protect the heart. However, excessive alcohol use increases the risk of heart disease.
- Manage stress
Although it may play a role in some way, there is no evidence that stress is a direct risk factor. Opt to learn some stress relaxation methods!
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