How Diet and Exercise Can Prevent Disease
March is National Nutrition Month!
We all know how important diet and exercise is to maintaining a happy and healthy life, but did you know how effective it is in preventing and coping with many different kinds of disease?
The number one nutritional cause of disease is obesity. Therefore, a diet full of nutritious foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins can be a simple change in your lifestyle that can reduce the risk of disease. For example, something as simple as not having enough calcium in your diet can cause weak and brittle bones, which can lead to osteoporosis. The same goes for saturated fats. A diet with an excess of saturated fats can lead to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which are two leading contributors of cardiovascular disease.
Exercise goes hand in hand with a healthy diet. Participating in regular physical activity can improve the quality of life people with certain diseases. For example, exercise can help improve the cognitive function of a person with dementia, and it can also reduce the risk of dementia or cognitive impairment. The same goes for disease such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Yes, genetics is a big underlying factor of disease, but by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can reduce the risk of disease, or help manage one you may be facing.