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Illness and disease can strike at any moment. They aren’t something that we need to be worrying about at every minute of every day. But there are still some things we can consider to help prevent them.
As well as preventing illness, we can also catch signs of illness earlier so it can be treated better. Sometimes these precautions will involve preventative measures like having vaccinations.
And sometimes it can be as simple as trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Detecting illness early is important too. Having regular health checks, particularly as you get older, can help to pick up on things so they can be treated as soon as possible.
Consider doing the things below to prevent illness and disease for you or your family.
Vaccinating yourself against diseases will either prevent or reduce your chances of catching them. Vaccinations are particularly important if you’re travelling to certain foreign countries. As you get older, a flu vaccination is usually advised for every year. Adults should remember to have boosters of their childhood vaccinations too.
They don’t last forever and sometimes require a top-up. Common vaccinations you probably had as a child include measles, mumps and rubella. You may also have had polio, pertussis (whooping cough) and diphtheria. Another vaccination that could prevent illness is tetanus. You should have it if you have an accident where foreign bodies might have entered your blood stream.
Health Checks and Screening
One of the best things you can do in the case of developing a disease or health condition is to catch it early on. This gives you more time to consider treatment and often makes it easier to begin fighting the condition. Many people opt to have a private health check, perhaps once a year or more.
Older people should screen for breast cancer and prostate cancer. Younger women should have a doctor screen them for cervical cancer. And men should check themselves for signs of testicular cancer. Other health problems that a health check might flag up include low or high blood pressure, problems with blood sugar levels or hormone disorders.
Stop Smoking & Drinking
Two of the largest causes of disease are smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking is a also a significant cause of death and can cause a number of cancers, including lung and throat cancer. Damage to your blood circulation can also increase your risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke. Lung conditions that smoking could cause include bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia.
Drinking alcohol puts pressure on both the kidneys and liver and can cause serious illnesses. It’s never too late to give up smoking, even if you have already developed a problem. Cutting back on alcohol or quitting it all together can cut down your risk of drink related health problems and extend your life.
If you want to extend your life for as long as possible and avoid illness, you need to make sure your whole lifestyle is healthy. You should eat well and exercise, using long term measures as well as short term.