Be Healthy: Prevent Disease: A Guide to Preserving Good Health

9781581072822: Be Healthy: Prevent Disease: A Guide to Preserving Good Health
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People today live longer than in earlier years and die primarily of chronic diseases. Medical advances, better sanitation and food handling, along with public awareness, mean infectious diseases have been essentially conquered. And as people live longer, the chances of eventual chronic disease increase. Some causes are beyond our control such as our genetic makeup, although science is rapidly finding ways that may enable us to overcome even genetic defects in the future. What is of most importance to maintaining good health as long as possible is what we do—how we live our lives and the habits we practice throughout life. This book is about the chronic diseases that account for most deaths in this country and what can be done to prevent their onset as long as possible. Both physical and mental health are dependent on what we eat, how active we are, tobacco and alcohol use, and how we deal with stress. These and other lifestyle practices are shown through extensive research to help preserve good health and resist disease. The same factors that help prevent disease are also important in treatment of diseases. The earlier in life good lifestyle are practiced, the most benefits occur. They also add to the quality of life and help preserve health. Hopefully, the information in this book will help motivate the reader to consider making any needed changes for good health and disease prevention.

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