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Opening Remarks, Metabolic Disease Prevention

Health Tips for Disease Prevention and Better Health

There are many ways to influence your own health. Some factors, such as heredity, cannot be controlled. However, most diseases are caused by outside influences and can be altered to improve not only one’s health but also one’s quality of life overall.

Number one tip of all time: Do not smoke. You’ve heard it over and over again. Hopefully, you’ve never started or you’ve quit. Please, this is the absolute number one thing you can do to almost immediately improve your health. It is very difficult, but in today’s world, there are many affordable and helpful products, both with and without a doctor’s prescription, that can ease that transition from smoker to non-smoker. It cannot be stressed enough the value of not smoking. The risks of heart attack, cancers of many types, circulation problems and stroke are dramatically reduced after smoking has ceased. Much of the damage is reversible if you quit young enough. If you haven’t started smoking, don’t. You will appreciate this even more when getting quotes for term life insurance and you are asked these questions..

Next super duper tip: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. The antioxidant power and nutrients in fresh, or even frozen fruits and vegetables make them indispensable as a nutritional source. If you do not like them, you can take supplements that will help with the nutrients, but eating fruits and vegetables also contributes to fullness and fiber intake. Not everyone likes every food, but experiment and find ones you can live with, even enjoy eating. Again, this is a lifestyle factor that can make a very large impact on your overall health and well being. Introducing fruits and vegetables into your child’s diet when they are very young, with their pediatrician’s guidance, can be one of the best things you do for them. They will probably develop a liking of them early on and for their lifetime that can be one early wonderful way to introduce them and love eating good, healthy foods.

The reverse is true with not so healthy foods. Do not feed your little ones fast food, candy, soda and other non nutritive calories early on or often. These foods should be an occasionally treat, not a steady diet. Set an example and eat healthy foods yourself.

Going hand in hand with a healthy diet, is getting basic exercise in your daily routines. You do not need to be an athlete or super physically fit to incorporate walking or using steps rather than an elevator during your normal day to day activities.

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