From childhood obesity, physical inactivity, and cancer, Canada is facing a host of heath risks. Of great concern is the opioid crisis that studies show continue to raise the prospects of a decreasing life expectancy nationally. Below are some of the biggest health concerns facing Canadians and what you can do to live a healthy lifestyle.
Diabetes happens to be among the top chronic diseases attributed to deaths in Canada currently. Recent data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows that one in every three Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes. The research further shows that those currently in their 20s face a 50 percent risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime.
Whether diabetes is hereditary or not, is debatable. Making healthy lifestyle choices play a big role in lowering the risk of having type 2 diabetes which however, is not the case with type 1 diabetes as the causes of this type still remain a medical mystery. There are also medicinal options for those with pre-diabetes.
The first step towards lowering the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes is cutting sugar and refined carbs from your diet. Studies have also shown that regular physical activity may help prevent diabetes.
Health Canada’s website defines dementia as a loss of mental function that affects daily activities. It is as a result of loss of brain cells as well as the breakdown of important nerve connections. There are yet no studies showing the specific causes of dementia but health and lifestyle factors such as obesity, tobacco use, poor diet and alcohol abuse among others have been listed as risk factors. It is estimated that in the next ten years, close to 1 million Canadians will be living with dementia.
To keep your brain cells in perfect health, strive to have a balanced and healthy diet always. Also, keep your health in check with expert advice. Make it your duty to live a healthy lifestyle.