High cholesterol levels, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and many other ailments can affect a person at any stage of their life. Most critical illnesses are now being tracked back to either genetic dispositions or lifestyle choices. That is why it has become more critical than ever to start adopting healthy lifestyles as early as possible. There are easy lifestyle changes that can be made at any age to help ward off serious illness later in life. For example, your risk of developing skin cancer during your lifetime can be significantly reduced by either avoiding extended periods of sun exposure altogether or simply using and reapplying sunscreen with at least a 50 SPF factor frequently and wearing and hat. If you currently smoke, stop. Sometimes it is just that simple.
Ultimately, knowing your family medical history, seeing your doctor regularly and listening to their advice is your best defense. If you want to live a long, healthy life, keep your stress levels down, your exercise levels up, and concentrate on a healthy, homemade, nutritious diet that is made mostly of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.