An ounce of prevention

Do you know someone who is trying to live healthier? Most of us do. What about the opposite? Do you know someone who seems to be doing everything and anything but taking care of their own health?

This can be disappointing and extremely frustrating for those who experience this with a loved one, in particular, with a spouse, a parent or grandparent.

One of the reasons why people choose not to take charge of their health is often because there aren’t any pressing health conditions affecting them such as high cholesterol, diabetes or hypertension. Does this sound like you?

If your last doctor visit did not reveal any impeding problems should you be lax about your health? Of course not! It is so important to be proactive and keep health risks low by eating right and exercising regularly.

Obesity rates are at epidemic levels and are steadily increasing. So, even though you may not regard being overweight as a pressing health issue, you might want to revisit this notion. Overweight and obesity increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers, not to mention psychological problems such as low self-esteem and depression.

Also, remember that health risks increase as waist size increases. If you are a man with a waist size larger than 40 inches, or a woman with a waist size greater than 35 inches, your risks for the above are heightened.

If you haven’t had to yet deal with the reality of lowering your cholesterol or controlling your diabetes, it doesn’t mean that you will not be faced with a health condition like this in the future, especially if you continue on the track of the ‘fast food’ and ‘couch-potato’ lifestyle.

So remember, you don’t need to be diagnosed with a health condition before you decide to start making changes. Start now.

I often tell my clients that you will never know how much better you will feel until you start eating better or start exercising. So what do you have to lose? Be proactive in your health. Keep health risks low by taking care of yourself now – and don’t wait until Monday.

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