Three Things You Didn’t Realize Could Be Impacting Your Health

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There are some things, such as smoking, drinking to excess, and having unprotected sex, which we know are outright hazardous to our long-term health.  There are others, such as skipping going to the gym for a week or grabbing fast food occasionally rather than a nutritious snack, which are bad in the short term, but can be turned around relatively easily to get you back on a healthy track.  However, scarily enough, there could be some daily habits of yours that, while they seem innocent enough right now, are slowly building towards harming your health in your retirement years.  Below are three major life issues you should examine now for a healthier future.

1)      Your Cholesterol– High cholesterol is not just something that happens to older people. In fact, even teenagers can be diagnosed with it.  The longer you allow high cholesterol in your body, the greater the impact on your heart health.  For every decade you suffer from high cholesterol, your risk of heart disease increases by 39%.  If your blood vessels have been ravaged by cholesterol when you are in your 30’s and 40’s, you may not be able to reverse the damage when you are in your 50’s and 60’s.  It is highly recommended you have your cholesterol checked yearly.

2)      Your Sleep– Scientists recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night for optimal physical and cognitive health.  Studies have shown that individuals who obtain the right amount of sleep, particularly between the ages of 18 and 60, benefit from improved memory and learning ability that will last throughout their lives.

3)      Your Stress– Stress greatly aggravates the risk of many diseases, such as asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal issues, heart disease, and obesity.  If you sense stress is having even a minor impact on your life, it is recommended you see a mental health professional to discuss solutions.