You’re feeling the seasonal or environmental assaults on your respiratory system, triggering an allergy or asthma attack. Do you push through your workout, or hold off on exercise until you feel better?
In the beloved Peanuts comic strip, even moody Lucy got it right when she said, “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Why? Because research shows that dogs (as well as cats) are proven effective stress relievers that can provide therapeutic, emotional support on a daily basis, or in trying times.
The list of diseases resulting from smoking is long and devastating, from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and emphysema, to lung cancer, and more. Cigarette smoking alone accounts for more than 480,000 deaths per year (about one in five deaths annually), and more than 16 million people live with a smoking-related disease.
Most “mild” headaches can be chalked up to things like too much sun, a tough day at work, or not sleeping well. But when you’ve got a migraine, the pain can be extreme. Just ask the more than 37 million people in the U.S. who suffer from them.
A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report cited that Americans spend over $3,000 each year on eating out, in general. (Spending an average of $10 per out-of-office lunch per work week alone can set you back $2,500 per year!) According to a 2016 study from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 92 percent of restaurant meals have too many calories.
Face it: You just feel better when you eat right, and exercise more. From lean chicken and fish, to healthy fruits, and veggies; from low-fat or skim dairy (or vitamin-fortified soy milk, or yogurt), to whole grains – plus water for optimal hydration – good food is like fuel for your body. What you eat and how much you move matters when it comes to weight or developing a chronic condition like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. Making wise choices now can have a huge impact on both longevity and quality of life as you age.
Time is of the essence when it comes to potentially surviving a heart attack on the spot, when it happens. The fact is, you only have about four to six minutes to try and save a life when someone goes into cardiac arrest
If your blood pressure numbers are on the rise, it’s important to know that your risk for high blood pressure (hypertension) increases with age. (For men, it’s around age 45; for women, it’s around age 65+.) Maybe there’s been some family, financial, or work stress. If you use tobacco in any form (smoking or smokeless), quit now. Maybe you’ve been grabbing fast food on the run, or not getting enough exercise or sleep. You may even have a family history of high blood pressure. (If you’re African-American, it’s more common.) Stress and unwise lifestyle choices add up – and may lead to a heart attack or stroke.
For the thousands of non-smokers diagnosed with lung cancer, it may not have been on their radar. Undoubtedly, the questions, “How did I get this?” and “Why did this happen to me?” are at the top of their list.