Preventing Chronic Illness Through Healthy Eating
Eating healthy can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Disease prevention through proper nutrition is but one of the benefits of eating healthy.
Developing heart disease is probably the highest risk of having a poor diet. Foods high in saturated fats, cholesterol, sugars, and sodium contribute to weigh gain and increases the risk of developing heart disease. Proper nutrition has such benefits as lowering your bad cholesterol, increasing your good cholesterol, lowering your blood pressure, and regulating your body weight. By reducing the fat in your diet, lowering your salt intake, cutting down on sugars, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. You can greatly reduce your chances of developing heart disease.
Diabetes runs a close second to heart disease in chronic diseases developed through poor eating habits. Many of the same things that lead to heart disease also contribute to the development of diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, one of the major steps in preventing the development of diabetes is healthy eating. Recommended foods such as whole grains and fresh vegetables should be eaten on a daily basis. Being overweight puts you at a higher risk of developing diabetes. A weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 60 percent. By choosing to eat unhealthy foods you greatly increase the chances that you will become overweight and develop diabetes. The good news is that these risks can easily be reduced through dietary changes.
All too often people are unaware that poor nutrition can contribute to developing cancer. The second leading cause of death among Americans is cancer. We often assume that getting cancer is simply the luck of the draw. While genetics may play a role in this, luck has nothing to do with getting cancer. Scientists have found that lifestyle choices are the biggest cause of cancer. Cigarette smoking, excess stress, over exposure to the sun, and poor nutrition are but a few of the factors associated with the development of cancer. This article is about proper nutrition as it relates to health problems so I will focus on that as a cause. Researchers have found that eating red meat can be linked to nearly one-third of all cancers. Studies have also found a link between sugar and the development of some cancers. Yet another potential cause of cancer is charred foods. Drinking alcohol also increases the risk of getting cancer.
A poor diet can increase the risks of developing many other illnesses. Improving your nutrition can greatly lower the risks of developing life threatening conditions. Making these changes will also make you feel better and improve your overall general health.