Created on: July 24, 2010
Knowledge is power, or so the saying goes, and these days there is so much knowledge about nutrition out there that everyone can eat to be more healthy and to live longer. Armed with the right information, you can exchange your bad eating habits for a healthy, life long eating plan. Here are just some of the preventable diseases that you could avoid by eating more healthily.
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Although everyone has the potential to develop cancer, it is in fact a preventable disease. Eating more fibre in your diet can prevent and other cancers of the digestive system. If you don't eat enough fruit and vegetables every day - and most people don't - you're at risk of a range of cancers, including . And being overweight also increases the risk of some cancers, so it makes sense to eat to beat cancer.
For years, it's been known that changing bad eating habits can prevent and . The best thing you can do to prevent is limit the amount of fat in your diet. Calories from fat should account for no more than 30% of your total daily calorie intake - preferably less. And no more than 10% of these calories should come from saturated fat - that's mainly animal fat. Switch from a high fat diet to a low fat diet, and replace saturated fats with healthy fats such as . Your heart will thank you for it.
If you're overweight or obese, you're more prone to . In this form of diabetes, which is usually late onset, body cells are less responsive to insulin. 80% of people who are diagnosed with diabetes type 2 are overweight or obese,* so it would appear that the bad eating habits which led to excess are responsible for this preventable disease.
This is another disease that could be prevented with a healthy diet. and poor circulation, both of which can be caused by a diet high in fat, are just two contributory factors to stroke. People who have been diagnosed with diabetes are also more susceptible to stroke.
Tooth decay and
Unlike the conditions mentioned above, periodontal disease is not life threatening, but it is painful and distressing. Diets high in sugar and carbohydrates cause a reaction with the normal bacteria which live in the mouth. This forms plaque, which interacts with the sugars and starches left by the foods you've eaten to form tooth-destroying acids. Cut down on sugary desserts, cakes and sweets to prevent tooth decay and .
When you consider that all of these conditions - some of which are so serious as to be life-threatening - can be prevented by trading bad eating habits for a healthy diet, it makes you wonder why anyone would want to persist with unhealthy eating habits. We may need to eat to live, but many people are literally eating themselves to death. Frightening, isn't it?
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