So, you want to live longer. You can definitely do so by following a healthy diet, exercising for 30 minutes three times a week, and of course not smoking…
Genetics aside most countries now have adopted screening methods for certain types of cancer. Other small measures have also been instituted that can lead to you preventing your first heart attack or stroke. So, what are the top five tests and recommendations so that you can try and institute into your living longer. These recommendations have been taken in mind with a view to stopping the top five causes of the deaths in India.
This is overwhelmingly the number one killer for not only India, but most countries around the world.
Definitely healthy diets as well as exercise are part of the strategy. However, medically if you are between the ages of 50 to 60 and have a low risk of bleeding, then taking a baby aspirin can be beneficial in preventing your first heart attack or stroke. Not only this but if you have other risk factors such as cholesterol and diabetes or obesity you may also from addition of the statin medication.
They are multiple cardiovascular risk calculators present all over the Internet. Calculate your own individual risk score, using your blood pressure and your risk factors. If your overall cardiovascular risk is more than 10% you may benefit from starting low-dose aspirin as well as a statin medication early enough.
COPD is listed as ranking number two. While COPD can be environmental, and numerous strategies are on the way to improve environmental factors. The biggest factor that you can do to help your self is really to stop smoking. For those that have smoked greater than a pack a day for 30 years, and if you can afford it; low-dose lung cancer screening via CT can pick up small cancers well before they ever cause a problem. It should be done yearly from the age of 55.
No easy way around this. Have to be careful about where exactly you eat out. Modi’s Swachh Bharat has saved approximately three lakh lives according to government data since it was instituted. The number one way to prevent diarrheal disease is to make sure that you wash your hands with soap and water before eating.
Also, be wary of street food when it comes to the preparation by the handler. Not so much the food itself which is going bad but the actual person who is making your food is more likely to give you the diarrheal disease
The most common cancers that we can try to prevent are really breast cancer and cervical cancer in women. Colon cancer in both men and women. Cervical cancer should really begin at 21 with a simple Pap test at your doctor’s office every 3 to 5 years. Colon cancer can begin with a simple blood in the stool test at age 50 and then every year. Mammography for breast cancer should begin at at least 45 and then every two years to prevent breast cancer. These are simple yet relatively inexpensive tests that can prevent you from the most common kinds of cancer.
Nobody usually dies direct from diabetes per se. “However poorly controlled diabetes with an A1c of higher than 8 over many years can definitely and significantly increase your risks for complications related to diabetes. These range from early heart attack as well as stroke, to deadly infections which most people would be easily able to fight off. The simple pneumonia can be deadly to an uncontrolled diabetic. Learn to control your diabetes with appropriate medications to make sure that your goal A1c is eight or less.
So, there you have it folks, some of the top five killers in India, and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a statistic.
Some of the changes that you need to make a very small but they can go a large distance when it comes to making sure that you live into your grand all years. Some of the changes you do now even in your 30s and 40s can make a huge change to words your cardiovascular health in your later years. Of course, any changes must be discussed with your doctor. Taking on aspirin or statin therapy without really understanding the risks can be a danger in itself.
Try some of the online cardiovascular calculators to calculate your own risk to decide whether you need to start on aspirin or statin medication. Think about making some of the changes that we discussed above.
If you can take on any of these ideas into your daily life, it may yet save your life.