When we hear the words “healthy lifestyle,” we often think of things that we should be doing to live a healthier life. Things like a healthy diet, and getting enough exercise, immediately come to mind. These things, of course, are important. However, in addition to making sure we get enough of some things, it is important to avoid some things as well. If you want to live a healthy life, here are a few risk factors you will want to avoid.
Smoking and Tobacco Use
The risks associated with smoking and other tobacco usage are well researched and documented. Quite simply, using tobacco means you are introducing a very big risk factor into your life. Smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer, throat cancer, and other breathing-related disorders. Smoking also increases the risk of heart and arterial disease.
But smoking tobacco is not the only risk factor. For those who chew tobacco, there is the risk of mouth cancers and gum diseases. Although it can be difficult to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, the significant health risks associated with these habits make it well worth the effort required to quit.
Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Some studies have shown that consuming small amounts of alcohol, such as a small glass of red wine with dinner, may provide some health benefits. However, this does not mean that all consumption of alcohol is a good thing. In fact, there are many serious health issues that can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Liver diseases are a common outcome when one consumes too much alcohol over an extended period of time. Alcohol consumption also contributes to accidents, often fatal, both on the road and in the home. Just as is the case with using tobacco, it can often be difficult to quit drinking. However, there are programs available that can make it easier to quit.
Too Much Sun
The days of the “sun worshippers” who baked themselves in the sun, in pursuit of the perfect tan, are thankfully over. Today we know that unprotected exposure to the sun can result in melanoma and other skin cancers and disorders. Or course, it is impossible to avoid all sun exposure. However, by using a good sunscreen you can dramatically reduce the risk of health issues. It is important to understand that sun damage to skin is cumulative throughout a person’s entire life. This is why it is important to use sunscreen, no matter what your age may be. It is also important to remember that putting sunscreen on once does not mean it will still be effective hours later. So, remember to reapply as necessary.
It is, of course, impossible to avoid every risky situation. However, if you want to live a healthy life, paying attention to common risks and doing your best to avoid them can really help.