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Do you know how can poorly diet affect your life?

How healthy is your diet?
How healthy is your diet?

How healthy is your diet? Do you often feel tired, agitated or run down? What you eat could be the cause. Even though people are living longer, poor diet is the cause of death in one out every five! 

A poor diet can contribute to many illnesses and conditions, in combination with the bad lifestyle it can lead to a need for medical treatments, as a change of lifestyle would simply not be enough.  

So how can poor nutrition affect your health? These are only a few examples of many!

Obesity 

Obesity, in the UK, affects 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children, which is really alarming! It is very important to tackle obesity as apart from obvious physical change it can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. 

These are:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Some types of cancer such as breast cancer and bowel cancer
  • Coronary heart disease

Not only that, but obesity can and most likely will affect your mental health as it slowly affects the quality of your life. You can end up with depression and low self-esteem.

Junk Food
Junk Food

Hypertension

The silent killer also is known as high blood pressure. Often remains undetected until its too late and damage have been already done. Eating too much junk food, salt, sugar, dairy, fried food and caffeine can cause high blood pressure. 

If your blood pressure is too high it puts an extra strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs. Persistent high blood pressure can cause heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, vascular dementia and many more serious and life-threatening conditions.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a life long condition, which causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. 

There are two types of diabetes with type number 2 being the most common one. With type 1 diabetes there are no lifestyle changes you can make to lower the risk. It’s type number 2 which is linked to being overweight.

High Cholesterol and Heart Disease 

Poor nutrition can lead to high cholesterol, which is a primary contributor to Heart Disease. 

High-Fat diets are really common in the United States and Canada. The National Institute of Health reports that more than 500,000 people in the US die each year due to heart disease which can be caused by a high-fat diet.

High cholesterol foods contain a large amount of saturated fat. For example ice creams, eggs, cheese, butter and beef. You would do yourself massive favour with swapping for chicken, fish or seafood and avoid processed food. 

Healthy food vs. Poor diet
Healthy food vs. Poor diet

Cancer 

According to the studies, multiple types of cancer, including breast, bladder or colon cancer may be partially caused by poor dietary choices. Limiting refined sugars, processed meats, bacon, doughnuts and french fries will not do any harm.

Overall, poor eating habits can not only affect your physical health but can be life-threatening! They will affect your mood, your sleep and mental health. We don’t need to be hitting the gym, running and attending classes at studios, but having a healthy balanced diet with a good amount of natural exercise like cleaning the house, going out for a walk is very important!

Your body will thank you in the years to come and you will feel better practically straight away!

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Dominika O'Dowd

Dominika O’Dowd was writing for an online fashion magazine and since becoming passionate about health and animal wellbeing she educates herself and does what she loves by putting it into words for all of you.


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