Here at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center, we want our patients to be as healthy as possible through promoting general health awareness. In middle age, roughly the years of 45-64 is when the effects of harmful exposures and health behaviors often start to appear like chronic diseases. During a unique time of life transition, reduce your cancer risk by making positive changes that will improve your midlife and elderly years.
Easy changes can be made with simple life tips such as:
- Getting enough physical activity: Strive for at least three times a week to increase your heart rate.
- Maintaining a healthy weight: Short term fad diets fail in the long run. Instead, make a lifestyle change to incorporate varieties of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and proteins. Avoid heavily processed food with ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce.
- Getting enough sleep: Insufficient sleep is linked with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Getting sufficient rest is not a luxury. You deserve six to eight hours of rest a night, a vital sign of good health.
- Seeking appropriate medical care when needed: Get help to quit smoking, get screened for diabetes, Hepatitis C and cancers. Yearly physicals will help keep your health in check, as well as reporting to your doctor if you experience changes in your body, pains, aches or otherwise.
- Reducing harmful exposure: Avoid UV rays by wearing sunscreen daily. Limit your alcohol use, and be sure to quit any and all tobacco products.
Living a healthy life is possible when you make a dedicated commitment to care for yourself. Making changes slowly will help you transition to a better lifestyle of care that can prevent cancer and even let you have a longer life.
For more information on health and cancer awareness, visit our website at NVSCC.