ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Health Care - Well Being

Updated on July 15, 2020
Kulsum Mehmood profile image

Kulsum Mehmood is an Eye Consultant in a Private Eye Institute. She likes to write and can cook delicious meals.



Healthy Living




Behind most of the bad things we do to our bodies as adults - eat more than we should, not exercise and fret a lot - are two ideas we carry with us from childhood. On the one hand, we assume that we are indestructible. On the other, we think that any damage we inflict on ourselves can be undone when we finally clean up our act. If the evidence for how wrong the first idea is isn't apparent when you stand in front of the mirror, just wait. But what if you eat right, get into shape and drop all your bad habits? Is there still time to repair the damage?

To a surprising degree, the answer is yes. Over the past few years, scientists have accumulated a wealth of data about what happens when aging slackers decide to turn their lives around. The heartening conclusion :

the body has an amazing ability to heal itself, provided the damage is

not too great.

The effects of some bad habits - smoking, in particular - can haunt

you for decades. But the damage from other habits - especially those that

affect the circulatory system - can be largely offset. Any time you improve

your behaviour and make a difference from that point on. Maybe not right away.

It's like slamming on the brakes. You do need a certain skid distance.

But the skid distance can be remarkably short. Consider these recent

dispatches from the front lines of medical research :

  • Women who consume as little as two servings of fish a week cut their risk of suffering a thrombotic stroke to half that of women who eat less than one serving of fish a month. Fish contains omega-3 essential fatty acids. It increases good cholesterol.
  • Laboratory measurements show that eating more fruits, vegetables and fibre can lower blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Hitherto sedentary 40-year-old women who start walking briskly for half an hour a day, four days a week enjoy almost the same low risk of heart attack as women who have exercised their entire lives. The day you quit smoking, the carbon monoxide levels in your body drop dramatically. Within weeks, your blood becomes less sticky and your risk from dying from a heart attack starts to decline. Adopting healthy habits won't cure all that ails you, of course. But doctors believe that many chronic diseases - from diabetes and high blood pressure to heart disease and even some cancers - can be warded off with a few sensible changes in lifestyle.

Healthy Diet


How to go about it ?

Not sure where to start? Surprisingly, it doesn't matter, since one positive

change usually leads to another. Make enough changes, and you'll discover you've

adopted a new way of life. It won't make you invincible or doctors unnecessary, and

you can't wait forever. But you'll never know how much damage you can undo if you

don't try. It's never too late to :

  • 1. Eat Right. The most immediate benefit from adopting a healthy diet is that it can lower blood pressure. For people with hypertension, the low-sodium diet - which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and high-fibre grains-can reduce blood pressure as effectively as taking an anti-hypertension drug. In addition, the extra calcium in diet could help reduce the risk of Osteoporosis. The fibre in the fruits, vegetables and grains can help control blood glucose levels in many Type 2 diabetics and even lower their need for medication. Diet may help diminish the risk of some types of cancer. Include fish in your diet. It increases good cholesterol and also has non-carcinogenic properties.
  • 2. Get Fit. Weight training increases strength, helps restore bone density and diminishes knee pain from arthritis. That doesn't mean you can ignore aerobics activity. Even a brisk half hour walk three times a week does some good. Practically from the moment your heart starts pounding harder, your blood vessels become more flexible, lowering blood pressure. For 18 to 24 hours after you exercise, your body becomes more sensitive to the insulin it produces, reducing your risk of diabetes. If everybody exercised a few hours a week, Type 2 diabetes would be greatly reduced.
  • 3. Watch Your Weight. Being 14 kilos or more overweight dramatically increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, gall bladder disorders and arthritis. The most effective strategies for losing weight and keeping it off consist of cutting back on calories while boosting physical activity.I recommend you have a Weighing Machine in your house so as to keep a watch on your weight frequently.
  • 4. Quit Smoking. It is harder to undo the damage to the lungs from smoking than even many doctors realize. Quitters 30 years out still get lung cancer. But their risk, is substantially lower than it would be had they continued to smoke. Blood vessels and coronary tissue respond almost immediately when a smoker quits-even those smokers who are 60 or 70 years old. Within 2 years the risk of suddenly dying from a heart attack drops 50 percent.
  • 5. Take It Easy. Doctors have studied meditation, prayer and anger-management programs since the 1960s, research into the effects of the mind on the body still has a long way to go. Studies have shown that heart patients who learn how to control their anger are less likely to suffer from angina. The message is clear : if you want to improve your health, you need to make changes in your routine. But if you're ready to turn your life around, the payoff can be huge.

Regular Health Check - ups


Positive Attitude towards life..... take time for fun and frolic


© 2008 Dr Kulsum Mehmood


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)