Life expectancy in the United States is higher than ever before. However, the longer we live the higher the risk of developing chronic conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, depression, or memory loss.
The Centers for Disease Control states, “A lot of the sickness, disability, and even death associated with chronic disease can be avoided through preventative measures.” The following are some things you can do to prevent or manage chronic conditions:
- Eat a healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and lower in sugar, salt, and saturated fats. This can help prevent heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.
- Exercise and physical activity can help control or prevent many conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. It also can prevent injuries along with helping
- to prevent falls. Exercise can build muscle and bone, which can help with arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Maintain a good social network for emotional support and to help prevent depression. Attend the senior center, church functions, etc.
- Keep your mind sharp with physical activity which boosts blood flow to the brain. Try new activities or learn to dance which uses your body and mind at the same time.