Home HEALTH Seven ways to maximize good health

Seven ways to maximize good health

LIFE expectancy in the United States decreased in 2015, the most recent year with complete data, which was the first decline in life expectancy since 1993.[1] Now more than ever, it is important to understand what you can do to live the longest, healthiest life possible.
The following are seven simple principles that can make a big difference in helping you maintain your overall health and lowering the probability of developing serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, lung diseases, stroke, and diabetes.
1)Avoid Tobacco and Tobacco Smoke
Diseases related to cigarette smoking alone account for almost 1 of every 5 adult deaths in the United States each year.[2] The greater the total lifetime exposure to tobacco smoke, the greater the risk of developing smoking-related diseases such as lung disease and many cancers.[3]
But lung cancer isn’t the only cancer associated with smoking. Women who start smoking at a younger age, and smoke for many years, are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer. The risk is even greater for those who have a family history of breast cancer. Cessation of smoking decreases the chances of developing breast cancer, however, it may take about 20 years for that increased risk of breast cancer to disappear completely.[4]
2)Limit Alcohol Consumption
Excessive drinking causes 1 in 10 adult deaths in the U.S.[5] These deaths result from drunk driving, risky behaviors, and diseases caused by alcohol, such as liver diseases and cancers of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, prostate, and liver. For example, about 9% of breast cancer cases worldwide are caused by alcohol, and the risk of breast cancer increases depending on average alcohol consumption.[6] The latest research shows some possible health benefits of moderate alcohol use.[7] These potential benefits include possibly reducing your risk of heart disease, ischemic stroke, or diabetes.