4.Chronic lung disease (like COPD)
5.Accidents (unintentional injuries)
6.Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
8.Influenza and pneumonia
9.Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
10.Septicemia (infection in the blood)
Now here’s a list of the top 10 things you can do to maintain your health. If you do the things on this list, you’ll be reducing your risk of all of the diseases on the list above. Do your part to take care of yourself! Don’t wait until you are sick to make changes in your lifestyle. Prevention is key!
1. Do not smoke. If you smoke, quitting is the single best thing you could do to improve your health. (Click here for more info.)
2. Limit your Alcohol intake to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
3. Maintain a healthy diet and lose weight if you are overweight.
4. Exercise 30-60 min 5 days a week.
5. Don’t sunbathe or use tanning booths.
6. Practice safe sex.
7. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure with diet, exercise and medication if needed.
8. Keep your shots up to date, including flu and pneumonia (if over age 65).
9. Have yearly health screenings with your primary care doctor even if you don’t feel sick. (You may need to be seen several times a year if you have chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease).
10. Get help if you are suffering from psychological problems like depression, anxiety, or excess stress instead of turning to addictive habits like smoking, alcohol, drugs, overeating or other self destructive behaviors.
Brooke Uptagrafft, MD
Dr. Brooke is a family medicine doctor.