It is difficult for many of us to make our health a priority. How can we go for a walk after work when someone needs to make dinner?
How easy is it to prepare the foods we need when our mates or families eat differently?
But physicians note that living a healthy life that is free of diseases should top the list of anything we aim to achieve in the coming year. They advise that as we compile our 2016 resolutions; we need to consider how we can make our health and that of our family members a priority.
Family physician, Dr. Segun Agbaje, notes that though health-related lifestyle changes will and should be unique and based on individual needs, there are some universal health resolutions that one must make in the New Year to reduce the risk for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and other ailments killing thousands every day.
Agbaje says the first health goal to achieve this year is for one to undergo a thorough medical check-up.
Another family physician, Dr. Femi Omolola, states that going to the doctor can be a helpful way to determine one’s health condition. The move can also help one to make the necessary changes “before small problems become bigger issues.”
Omolola says you must have “a sickness and in health relationship” with your doctor by going for regular medical check-ups, even when you are well.
The expert states that regular medical check-ups can help to detect and prevent terminal illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and heart diseases, which kill millions of people in their prime.
Omolola states, “It is painful when I see cases that could have been tackled if only the patient had come for screening or check-up, may be earlier.
“For instance, in breast cancer, early removal of the lumps will reduce the chances of one developing breast cancer later in life by 90 per cent. But if one does not come for screening or undergo medical examinations, it will be difficult to know when a malignant tumour growing inside of one?”
“Look at cervical cancer that is killing women daily; it is curable when it is detected early. But if the woman does not go for pap smear, how will the doctor detect it early? We must therefore develop a relationship with our doctors and do not have to wait till we become sick before go for screening.
“Women, especially, need to have regular health checks. They need to see their doctors for regular medical check-ups to help them to stay healthy and to pick up early warning signs of diseases or illnesses.
“Many diseases such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes and some cancers can be picked up in their early stages; and it is at this early stage that treatment is effective.”
Although there is no exemption for any gender or age group from this advice, individuals above the age of 40 must ensure that they undergo thorough medical check-ups, at least, each year for breast, cervical, prostate cancer, diabetes and hypertension.
Eat more balanced diets
The Vice-President, Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, says there is need for more people to insist on eating balanced diets in the coming year.
Enabulele, who links many diseases to poor dieting, advises Nigerians to adopt a preventive strategy against those ailments by eating healthy.
“We should start eating more of our diets. Those nutritious foods we used to eat that we do not eat anymore should return to our tables.
We should ditch all these foreign diets and processed foods, they are not healthy,” he states.
Experts also note that even if you do not have any weight loss or health-related New Year’s resolutions, tracking what you eat can go a long way in helping to create a better you.
By understanding exactly what you are eating and when, you can consciously choose to eat more fruits and vegetables and a fewer processed foods. You can as well tweak your diet and ensure that you are on the right track to a healthy eating plan. Tracking your intake, can also help you identify when you tend to snack and help you to create a healthy snacking plan that will contribute to your good health.
So whether you have set an official resolution or you are looking for a few simple healthy living tips to use next year, we have got you covered. Here are simple guidelines and tips you can use to start building better healthy living habits in 2016
Try to unplug daily
Nowadays, televisions, computers, telephones and other modern electronics surround our lives. Unfortunately, staying plugged into electronics can have negative effects on our health. In fact, media overload has been tied to depression, anxiety, sleep problems and other health issues. Fortunately, there is an easy way to combat any potential health issues associated with your electronics: just unplug! Taking breaks – whether an hour, 10 hours or even an entire day – from your electronics and screens will help to give your body and mind time to recharge. Even just turning your electronics and screens off for an hour before going for a sleep will help to boost your health and energy, since exposure to screen lights contributes to sleep deprivation.
Good health does not just happen. It is important to set goals that will help your health and work towards them. Do not achieve your career goals and leave that of your health.Source: punchng