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How Health Problems Develop

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Dec 20, 2017 9:25 PM

Understanding health risks will help you determine exactly what choices to make in life in order to remain as healthy as possible. For example, understanding that obesity will greatly increase your chances of developing diabetes should help motivate you to stay fit. On the other hand, some risks are practically unavoidable, since just a simple nearby sneeze can lead to you catching the flu.

A health risk represents the chance something will negatively affect your health and wellbeing. It doesn't mean that it will surely happen to you, but rather that there's a likelihood. Different characteristics determine how high or low your health risks are. These characteristics are referred to as risk factors. Some of the most common risk factors include your family health history, sex, and age. The more risk factors you have the greater the chance of you developing health problems. That's why you need to make sure to do all that's in your power to reduce your number of risk factors.

While some risk factors are within your control, others aren't. You have control over things like physical activity or your diet, but not over ethnicity or genes. Keep in mind that babies and older adults are more likely to get sicker and should always seek care sooner. Additionally, people with conditions like cancer, diabetes, and HIV should pay more attention to any symptoms that they're experiencing and seek professional help as soon as possible.

If you're in the habit of making poor lifestyle choices, then you should definitely start paying more attention to your exercise and eating habits. For example, poor diet choices and not drinking enough water can lead to serious conditions like kidney stones. It goes without saying that cutting down on, or more preferably quitting, cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol is a must if you want to reduce the chances of developing a serious health problem.

One of the biggest problems in today's society is the fact that people don't have a rational perception of health risks. Instead of focusing on real health problems that are common, people would rather obsess over whether or not they will get Ebola in the United States, which is extremely unlikely. However, the same people often disregard the fact that they could easily start suffering from a serious health condition if they continue living a sedentary lifestyle and keep making poor diet choices.

One of the most harmful risk factors today is stress. What a lot of people don't know is that stress isn't always a bad thing. Stress can be either positive or negative. Positive stress, also referred to as eustress, will improve your decision-making abilities and help keep you alert when you're given important responsibilities. Stress becomes negative only when a person faces problems and challenges on a regular basis without any type of relaxation or relief.

If you constantly experience stress for a long period of time, both your mental and physical health will suffer greatly. After a certain point, stress can start interfering with your life and may make it harder for you to perform even the simplest tasks. This is why it's imperative that you identify exactly what's causing your stress and find a way to deal with it. The first step towards reducing your stress levels is to say goodbye to nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine. If you can't completely avoid these substances, then you should at least try cutting down on them. Other great ways to reduce your stress levels include meditation, physical exercise, improving your sleeping habits, keeping a stress diary, and reaching out to loved ones.

The bottom line is that you can have an enormous impact on how your life will look like in the future, which is why you should always make good lifestyle choices.

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