Preventive care is the best way to take care of yourself before some health problem develops.
Even though it takes a little discipline to maintain good health, the extra effort pays off in aging well with fewer long term health issues.
Preventive Care is Really Good Health Insurance
If you want a better chance at preventing various illnesses and a common sense way to invest in good health for the future, follow these ten preventive care tips proven by medical research to be effective:
- Exercise at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes a day at the minimum. Exercising for 30 minutes every day is even better.
- Keep your body weight normal, as indicated by your Body Mass Index (BMI).
- Eat your veggies and fruits every day. It is recommended that you eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruits each day. While this may seem to be a simple suggestion, it’s not so easy to do without planning. Be sure to plan your menu out every week so that you eat enough of these all important foods.
- Eliminate processed sugars, starches, and refined flour from your daily diet. You can replace sugar with Stevia which is very healthy and can easily be used in coffee and tea as well as used for cooking. Eat unprocessed whole wheat bread and cook with organic wheat flour.
- Monitor your blood sugar to make sure it stays normal. Diabetes is commonly developed in mid-life, so make sure to keep your blood sugar levels monitored as you age.
- Check your blood pressure periodically. You can purchase an inexpensive blood pressure cuff at your local pharmacy. Then you can easily check your blood pressure any time you want.
- Get a prostate or mammogram screening exam every year.
- Absolutely stop smoking. This is no joke. If you smoke, you can reduce your health risks significantly even if you’ve already smoked for years. It’s not too late to make a difference in your health if you quit now.
- Get your cholesterol checked every year.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol. There are very little positive benefits from drinking alcohol even if some smaller health studies advocate some minor benefits, unless of course your doctor recommends alcohol for some medicinal purpose. In fact, women especially are susceptible to the negative effects of alcohol consumption and recent studies show that those who drink one or more glasses of wine a day are 40% more likely to develop breast cancer.
Guard Your Health for the Future with Preventive Care
Adjusting your life to include these basic personal health care tips can make a difference in your life, especially as you age. Even youth and young adults will greatly benefit from these simple preventive care tips that provide more energy, less illness and a brighter future.