Most Common Illnesses and how to help prevent them
Illness and disease are a common occurrence in our everyday lives. Though it may not be the nicest of subjects, there are some illnesses that are all too common, and all too preventable, so why is it that we keep suffering from them? Here are 5 of the most common illnesses amongst adults, and some suggestions as to how you can prevent them from affecting you or your family.
Coronary Artery Disease, Hypertension and Strokes
These are kind of lumped into the same category normally because they have similar causes, and thus similar ways of prevention. Coronary artery disease is one of the number one killers of men and women over the age of 20 here in the UK due to its ability to cause sudden heart attacks. Strokes are also one of the most common illnesses in the UK. The prevention of these diseases are related to three areas; your diet, exercise and tobacco consumption. If you control your weight, moderately exercise and don’t smoke then you significantly decrease your chances of suffering from Coronary Artery Disease or Strokes. If you control the amount of fat in your diet you also decrease your risk of heart disease and hypertension, while a lower cholesterol count will usually follow. Whether you believe it or not, a healthy weight and regular exercise can help to prevent these illnesses.
Respiratory diseases are very common occurrences in children and adults in the UK. Diseases such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema are somewhat preventable. Smoking is one of the main causes of respiratory illnesses, so prevention in this case is simple: don’t smoke. Other irritants such as dusty working conditions, mouldy living conditions, pollen, dust mites and animal fur can all trigger respiratory diseases, and you can work on eliminating some of these from your life. Talk to your doctor about medication that can help control your symptoms. Many people also don’t realise that food allergies can also trigger respiratory diseases, so if you think you may be allergic to something the talk to your doctor about getting tested.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
You might be laughing as you read this but the fact remains that sexually transmitted infections are some of the most common illnesses in the UK and they can have serious implications for those infected. Prevention is simple; always use a condom and have if you regularly change partners, then go for regular sexual health tests.