The American Heart Association (AHA) has a superb rundown on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, literally from cradle to grave. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to see these concepts broadcast by the mainstream health outlets like the AHA. The following is directly from them. At the end I have listed some of my posts which flesh out these steps. Remember, eat less; move more; live longer.
A healthy lifestyle benefits your brain as much as the rest of your body — and may lessen the risk of cognitive decline (a loss of the ability to think well) as you age, according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Both the heart and brain need adequate blood flow, but in many people, blood vessels slowly become narrowed or blocked over the course of their life, a disease process known as atherosclerosis, the cause of many heart attacks and strokes. Many risk factors for atherosclerosis can be modified by following a healthy diet, getting enough physical activity, avoiding tobacco products and other strategies.
“Research summarized in the advisory convincingly demonstrates that the same risk factors that cause atherosclerosis, are also major contributors to late-life cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. By following seven simple steps — Life’s Simple 7 — not only can we prevent heart attack and stroke, we may also be able to prevent cognitive impairment,” said vascular neurologist Philip Gorelick, M.D., M.P.H., the chair of the advisory’s writing group and executive medical director of Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Thought you might enjoy this. I certainly did.
Infographic created by Vapester .
I mentioned perspective in a recent post. People see things from their own perspective and very often come to different conclusions given the same set of facts. Regular readers know I am an old guy, 77 years worth. And, I sometimes forget that I am seeing things way differently from my younger readers and friends. Like smoking. I know how terribly damaging cigarettes are to our bodies. I have a whole Page on it – How many way does smoking harm you? But I grew up in a world that accepted smoking as a part of our daily lives.
So here are some ads from my younger days that may not be familiar to you:
Jack Webb played Sergeant Joe Friday on the hit show Dragnet,
Here are some of the cigarette ads from TV before they were banned:
As regular readers know, I feel strongly that smoking is an unmitigated blight on our lives. We lose over 170,000 people to it every year – just in lung cancer alone – totally preventable. To be honest, I am surprised that anyone who can read would choose to be a smoker. Nonetheless, it is so. I have a Page on it – How many ways does smoking harm you? which I recommend you check out after reading this.
I am reproducing what follows from Medical News Today because I like the way they spell out positive aspects of ceasing smoking. Jenna Fletcher wrote it.
Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. Despite this, some smokers find quitting daunting. They think it will take a very long time before seeing improvements in their health and well-being.
However, the timeline for seeing real benefits to quitting smoking is much faster than most people realize. Health benefits begin in as little as an hour after the last cigarette and continue to improve. Continue reading
Watching TV the other day, I was struck by how many ads there are for drugs to solve our health problems. We seem to think of drugs as some kind of permanent answer to problems that may only be temporary. Never mind that the list of side effects is often longer than the supposed benefits of taking the drugs in the first place.
Eat less; move more; live longer is a really simple way of living and thinking about our lives. If we put this mantra into our heads each morning, we could forget the temporary problem of weight that seems to plague most of us.
Eat good food in reasonable amounts and make sure you get some exercise every day of your life. Avoid bad habits like drinking too much alcohol and smoking. Finally, make sure you get enough sleep. Pay attention to those simple aspects of your life and you will solve a multitude of problems before they ever arise.
The following Pages have more details on these elements:
How important is a good night’s sleep?
How many ways does smoking harm you?
Important facts about your brain (and exercise benefits)
Living past 100 is no walk in the park, although including one can prove very helpful. The American Heart Association has created this list with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live longer and healthier.
These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have–to live a long, productive healthy life.
Manage Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When your blood pressure stays within healthy ranges, you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys which keeps you healthier longer.
Learn how to manage your blood pressure. Continue reading
I stumbled across these old ads in my web wanderings and thought they might amuse you. We had some really goofy ideas a few years back.
Are your donuts fortified with at least 25 units of B Vitamins?
Nothing like a doctor’s recommendation to guide your cigarette smoking.
It wasn’t that long ago that cigarettes permeated our lives.
No sense eating broccoli plain when you can drown it in Velveeta.
You all know how strongly I feel about the dangers of smoking. I have a Page with what I consider to be chapter-and-verse on why you shouldn’t smoke – How many ways does smoking harm you?
Here is a fascinating infographic linking depression and smoking.
Since it seems smoking follows depression, you might want to check out these posts:
How bad is depression?
Vigorous exercise may help restore mental health
Can the holiday season bring on depression?
This is the yang post to yesterday’s yin which was all about the negative effects that smoking has on your body. Today the focus is on the positive. Look at all the good things that happen when a smoker quits. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.
I truly hope that none of you regular readers are still smoking. I have put up a Page on the subject – Please check it out for more reasons – How many ways does smoking harm you?
Surely one of these 50 reasons will hit home with you …
Remember, smoking damages every organ in your body.
Finally, it appears that there is some good news on the health front in regard to less people smoking.
A new study indicates that Finland’s national tobacco policies seem to be radically reducing the incidence of subarachnoid haemorrhage, the most fatal form of stroke.
Previously it was thought that in Finland approximately a thousand people suffer subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) every year – most of them adults of working age. Up to half of those afflicted die within a year. Subarachnoid haemorrhage is typically caused by a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, which leads to a sudden increase in the intracranial pressure. Smoking is a key risk factor for SAH.
A Finnish study published in the journal Neurology looked at changes in the incidence of subarachnoid haemorrhage over a period of 15 years (1998-2012), and these were contrasted with changes in the prevalence of smoking. The results indicated that the number of people afflicted with SAH was nearly half of the previously assumed figure and that the number was in rapid decline, a trend which was particularly apparent in younger generations. Continue reading
I would really like to believe that regular readers of this blog don’t smoke. If you need any convincing about its dangers check out my Page – How damaging is smoking?
Lest we forget, smoking can also harm us by proximity. Keep your distance.
I ran across this infographic on the web and wanted to share it with you. I have written so much about the evils of smoking that I just loved this positive view of how the body reacts when it is freed from the impact of smoking.
Check out my Page – How Bad is Smoking? to read further.
Regular readers know I am totally against smoking and myriad ways it damages the human body. If you haven’t quit yet, and these reasons aren’t enough to convince you, please check out my Page – How Bad is Smoking?
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When you quit smoking, good things happen to your body
- Your blood pressure and heart rate begin to lower after 20 minutes of no smoking.
- The carbon monoxide levels in your blood returns to normal after 12 hours of non-smoking.
- Your risk of heart attack decreases after 24 hours smoke-free.
- Your circulation will improve after 2 to 12 weeks of being smoke-free.
- One year after of no smoking, your risk of heart attack is half of what a smokers is.
- Your risk of a stroke, after five years, is the same as a non-smoker.
- Fifteen years after no smoking, the risk of you developing coronary heart disease is at the same level as a non-smoker.
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Regular readers know I am an avid anti-smoking person. One of the most popular Pages on this blog is How Bad is Smoking? As I wrote on that Page, “Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.” So I thought you might be interested in this view from across the pond. Kristy Jones lives in Liverpool and is an avid writer and blogger. Her areas of interest are food, reviews (Book/Movie), Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle and Fitness. She works as a guest blogger and currently writes on behalf of European Health Card.Tony
Health experts warn that smoking is bad for human health. Research shows that smokers inhale dangerous elements, which damage vital organs. Smoking can lead to debilitating illnesses that affect the lungs, heart, feet and hands and the functioning of the internal organs. The major health risks associated with smoking are:
•Pulmonary diseases •Cancer •Emphysema •Cardiovascular disease •Impotence and Infertility •Peripheral vascular disease •Atherosclerosis •Increase in cholesterol level of the blood •Reduction in life expectancy to name a few.
Smokers die sooner
Smokers are likely to die before their time. A single cigarette can shorten a smoker’s life by eleven minutes. Research conducted in the United Kingdom over the years shows that many smokers die before the age of sixty.
Smoking Causes Cancer
A major health risk associated with smoking is cancer, not just lung cancer. Different diseases result from smoking. Common cancerous problems developed due to the dangerous substances inhaled are •Kidney cancer •Lung cancer •Larynx cancer •Breast cancer •Neck and head cancer •Bladder cancer •Esophagus cancer •Stomach cancer as well as •Pancreas cancer and the list goes on. One of the major causes of cervical cancer in women is smoking. Some diseases are transmitted to unborn babies when their mothers fail to quit smoking during pregnancy.
Smoking Leads to Pulmonary Diseases
Smoking can cause pulmonary damages to the body system from cyanide and carbon monoxide, which are the common compounds contained in the smokes inhaled by smokers. It also causes elasticity loss in the human alveoli. Alveoli are tiny sacs within our lungs that allow oxygen and carbon dioxide to move between the lungs and bloodstream. Smoking causes emphysema and COPD. This is an incurable health problem. Patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) experience a respiratory problem, wheezing as well as incurable cough.
Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease
Smoking is also a known cause of cardiovascular diseases. Smoking affects the smooth flow of blood to the heart which reacts in several ways. The carbon monoxide contained in smoke reduces the quantity of oxygen supplied to the body. If the condition persists, the smoker develops cardiovascular diseases. This could result in premature death. This also reduces the amount of oxygen that gets to the brain.
Harmful Ingredients in Tobacco are Dangerous to Health
Several ingredients are used in the production of tobacco. Some of them are not safe for the body. Many of them contract blood vessels and impede the smooth flow of blood. When there is a blockage of blood to the heart, it causes problems like •Heart attack •Stroke
Impotence and Infertility
Smoking is associated with impotence owing to erectile dysfunction. This develops because of arterial narrowing caused by smoking. Even with women, it affects fertility because smoke disturbs the ovaries. Nicotine reduces the ability of the body to produce estrogens required for fertility.
A smoker’s risk of contracting any of these diseases depends on the length of time he/she has been smoking. If that person quits, the dangers decline and are even averted because the body can repair the damaged system.