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Causes Of Lifestyle Diseases

      Disease        May 22, 2019        Infilife

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you…Joyce Meyer

Per World Health Organization, lifestyle diseases (non-communicable diseases) kill around 40 million people each year.

Lifestyle diseases are mostly caused by risk factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle and consumption of alcohol.

Lifestyle diseases play a very important role in driving people and their families towards poverty. It starts from an individual and affects the whole country financially for a long time.

The causes of lifestyle diseases can be divided into Modifiable, Non-modifiable factors and Metabolic factors

  1. Modifiable causes are those which can be changed like
  • Bad food habits- eating junk food and skipping meals and not having a balanced diet.
  • Less physical activity – Using the escalators and elevators rather than climbing, driving to small distances rather than walking, not doing any exercise every day, not playing any sport.
  • Sedentary lifestyle- Desk job without any movement in the whole day.
  • Poor health habits- like smoking, drinking, drug abuse, soft drink consumption, eating chocolates.
  • Stress – High tension jobs, financial stress, no work-life balances.
  • Inflammation – This is the major cause of heart disease and musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Wrong posture- Sitting in front of laptop/computer with strain on back and neck.
  1. Non-modifiable causes (those that cannot be changed) like

  • Age

  • Sex

  • Race

  • Heredity

  1. Metabolic Causes are those which lead to the changes in the body systems

  • Increased blood pressure

  • Obesity

  • Increase blood sugar (Diabetes)

  • Abnormal levels of fat in blood (Dyslipidaemia)

  • Other causes which predispose us to lifestyle diseases:

More and more people, especially the young generation has taken up drinking alcohol and smoking despite knowing that it is harmful for their health.

Balanced diets and nutritious foods are replaced by junk foods as they are easily available. Soft drinks are replacing milk.

People prefer to travel by car for short distances instead of walking.

More and more machines are being developed for our everyday use which makes physical labour less.

This article is written by Infilife. Infilife is a chain of multispecialty clinics, in your neighbourhood, which has a team of specialized doctors which give you personalized attention and guidance for preventing lifestyle diseases enabling you to lead a healthy, happy and a stress-free life.