Anita is a working mom living in a joint family with her in-laws. She used to be busy 24/7 and took care of everything and everyone by herself – the cooking, packing lunches for her husband and children, taking her in-laws to doctor’s appointments, and so on, between rushing to work and trying to build a successful career. She attributed her weight loss, occasional blurred vision, and headaches to fatigue and lack of sleep. She never thought to visit a doctor about these symptoms. She felt very dizzy one day and finally visited the doctor. To her shock, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes!
Focusing on Health is Crucial:
Many of us are like *Anita as we prioritize everything else over our health. Most men and women in their 30s spend their time balancing marriage, children, and a career, often at the expense of their own health. This can lead to disastrous consequences. Many people also self-medicate, which is dangerous because of wrong self-diagnosis, incorrect medicine or dosage, and delays in getting the much-needed medical treatment.
Taking care of your health has to be an important part of your daily life. Eating healthy and nutritious food, exercising regularly, and annual or biannual health check-ups can ensure that you remain healthy and live a long, disease-free life.
Health Risks to Watch Out for After 30:
Over 61% of deaths in India are caused by lifestyle and non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and asthma. Many of these conditions are avoidable simply by cutting out unhealthy habits, getting proper nutrition, and being physically active.
As we age, our body’s systems experience more wear and tear and may slow down. Some of the health risks you need to watch out for after the age of 30 are:
- Weight Gain: Our metabolism becomes slower after age 30. This causes the body to gain weight more easily. If you become overweight, you will be at an increased risk of developing some types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
- Diabetes: An estimated 37% of people over the age of 30 are prediabetic. This means their blood sugar is higher than usual, but not yet in the diabetic range. India has quickly become the diabetes capital of the world. Diabetes affects Indians 10 years sooner than people in other parts of the world. Consumption of high-calorie foods and lack of physical activity have contributed to an enormous increase in this lifestyle disease in Indians. People over 30 who have sedentary jobs and stressful lives are at the risk of getting diabetes.
- Cardiovascular diseases (CVD): Age, poverty, smoking, alcohol consumption, ignorance, unhealthy lifestyle, and inadequate access to medical care can cause a high number of cardiovascular disease-related deaths among Indians.These include coronary artery disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and heart failure. People over 30 who smoke and have unhealthy lifestyles are at risk of developing CVDs.
- Cancer: After the age of 30, the risk of certain types of cancer increases in both men and women. Women over 30 should get examined regularly for early signs of breast and cervical cancer, while men over 30 should get tested for signs of testicular and prostate cancers.
- Depleting Bone Density: People over 30 years of age, especially women, start to lose bone density and strength. This can cause brittle bones, joint pains, and arthritis. You need to eat nutritious food and increase your calcium intake post-30. You should also get annual health exams to check for loss of bone density.
How to Prevent Health Risks this New Year Onwards?
This New Year onwards, you can become a healthier version of yourself by resolving to do the following:
- Eat nutritious food: Eat a healthy well-balanced meal that includes complex carbohydrates, proteins, and generous portions of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid high-calorie junk food, sweetened aerated drinks, sugary foods, and binge-eating or snacking while watching TV. Indulge occasionally, but in moderation.
- Stay hydrated: Have plenty of water and other liquids like unsweetened fresh fruit juices or tender coconut water. It is important to stay hydrated as our body is made up of 60% water.
- Exercise regularly: Try to be physically active and take time out to exercise daily for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Remain stress-free: Try deep-breathing exercises, yoga and meditation to counter stress as this is a contributing factor to diseases like diabetes and hypertension.
- Get regular health check-ups: Get annual or biannual health exams done. This will help in detecting early warning signs of various diseases like heart problems, diabetes, and cancer. You can take steps to cure diseases and stop them from becoming life-threatening if they are detected early.
Importance of Lab Tests:
Make a resolution to go for regular health check-ups in addition to cutting down on smoking and alcohol consumption, and lead a healthy life from this New Year onwards. You can book an appointment for a full body health check-up through Medlife Labs now. Such tests include a toxic elements profile, diabetic screening, pancreatic health profile, thyroid and lipid profiles, hemograms, pap smears and mammograms (for women), cardiac risk marker tests, vitamin and iron deficiency profiles, and much more. This will ensure that any health risk is detected early on, and you can take preventive steps immediately.