Prevention is better than cure. It takes more resources to combat a disease after it has already attacked than vaccinating it. The UK is taking steps towards prevention of several diseases by encouraging people to live healthy lifestyles to improve their health. Here are some of the areas that need to be tackled in order to prevent most of the lifestyle diseases.
- Reduce smoking
Smoking has been found to be a cause for several cancers and other complications like heart disease. Smoking has claimed the lives of many individuals globally. Tobacco contains thousands of toxins, which, when burnt and inhaled damage the body organs. To prevent different types of cancers, cardiovascular complications, and orofacial clefts, people are being encouraged to quit this toxic habits. As much as smoking can be addictive due to nicotine, there are ways smokers can quit gradually. Vape pens have been seen as useful tools for decreasing nicotine dependence progressively.
Quitting smoking for a year reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and cancer.
- Preventing obesity, especially in children
Obesity is a condition characterized by excess weight caused by an excess amount of body fat. Obesity is dangerous and increases the risk of an individual developing a myriad of severe health conditions. They include cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory issues, among other complications. People are encouraged to be watchful of what they eat, especially while at a young age.
Governments are increasing awareness of proper nutrition. The importance of exercise and physical activity, development of clinical guidelines, and even encouraging restaurants to provide calories labeling in their menus. Taking foods low fat and starch content is one effective way of preventing obesity. Consumption of more water, fruits, and vegetables have been found to be an excellent way of maintaining a healthy weight.
- Create awareness of alcohol and drug abuse
Just like smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol has serious health implication on people’s lifestyles and health. Governments have built rehabilitation centers. Others are taking measures such as restricting media houses from broadcasting alcohol commercials and setting money aside to help families with alcohol-related problems.
Such gestures will go a long way in preventing liver disease, colon cancer, brain damage, and ulcers to mention a few.
The best way to improve health is not by waiting until things fall apart. There are preventive measures that can be taken to save lives.