Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle is a necessary part of living your life to the fullest. By taking care of yourself and being aware of some of the easy precautions to pay attention to in your daily life, you are not only lowering the risk you face of developing cancer, but you are also increasing your quality of life, enabling you to have a happier, healthier and longer life in which to enjoy family, friends and yourself for years to come. Qatar Cancer Society has provided some great tips for mens, womens and childrens health.

Men’s Health

It is important for men to make healthier lifestyle decisions in order to live a longer and fuller life. Such things as:

Don’t smoke. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, ask your doctor to help you quit. It’s also important to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
Eat a healthy diet. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit foods high in saturated fat and sodium.
Manage chronic conditions. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations. If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.
Include physical activity in your daily routine. Choose sports or other activities you enjoy, from basketball to brisk walking.
Maintain a healthy weight. Extra pounds increase the risk of heart disease.
Sleep – it is recommended that an average adult get around 7-9 hours of sleep per night
Limit alcohol. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. Too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure.
Protect yourself from the sun. When you’re outdoors, cover up and use plenty of sunscreen.
Take early detection seriously. Consult your doctor for regular cancer screenings.

Women’s Health

Women sometimes neglect their own health and focus instead on their partner’s and their children’s. Take care of yourself first:

Get plenty of exercise. Choose sports or other activities you enjoy, from brisk walking to ballroom dancing
Sleep – it is recommended that an average adult get around 7-9 hours of sleep per night
Plan for pregnancy
Have regular mammograms
Get regular checkups and screenings. Early detection is key in prevention and successful treatment of breast, cervical, uterine and ovarian cancers.
Don’t smoke. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, ask your doctor to help you quit. It’s also important to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
Protect yourself from the sun. When you’re outdoors, cover up and use plenty of sunscreen.
Eat a healthy diet. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit foods high in saturated fat and sodium.
Manage chronic conditions. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations. If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.
Maintain a healthy weight. Extra pounds increase the risk of heart disease.
Limit alcohol. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. Too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure.
Manage stress. If you feel constantly on edge or under assault, your lifestyle habits may suffer. Take steps to reduce stress — or learn to deal with stress in healthy ways.
Breast-feed, if you can. Breast-feeding may help reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Take early detection seriously. Consult your doctor for regular mammograms and other cancer screenings.

Children’s Health

It is important to ensure that children maintain a healthy weight. Making physical activities part of their daily lives is essential in putting them on the right track to healthy living.

Ensuring that your child is always protected from the sun, especially in this part of the world where the sun is quite strong, is also important. Always ensure they have plenty of sunblock and shade nearby.

Yearly checkups should not be neglected. Monitoring your child’s health on a consistent basis is the best way to prevent and successfully treat anything serious.

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