Health conditions are a way of life, and they have been for as long as humans have walked the earth. Some seem attached to a geographic location, like malaria, or even a time in history, like the Black Plague. That said, new ages come with new challenges every day, as health-care officials struggle to keep up with health conditions, both old and new. Here, we’ll break down some common health conditions and provide ways to manage them.
The Rise of Obesity
Obesity is an epidemic, especially in the United States. It’s both a symptom and a cause of many health issues. In hunter-gatherer societies in ancient times, obesity prevalence was exceedingly low because of diet and exercise. If we want to fight this epidemic, we must address our eating and exercise habits.
If a person is obese, they should exercise—to start—at least twice a week. However, they should consult their doctor about these changes to devise a plan together. It might also help to cut down on food portions. You don’t have to immediately change your portions; slow changes will be less dramatic and easier to adhere to.
The Diabetes Problem
Another common condition is diabetes. Luckily, medicine and a good exercise plan can help a person manage their condition. There are several reasons why exercise helps your diabetes, but the primary one is that it helps you lower your blood sugar and keep it at manageable levels. It can even stave off insulin resistance.
Overall, carefully checking and maintaining your blood sugar levels is the best way to manage this common health condition.
Mental Health Conditions
This is a catch-all umbrella term for everything from schizophrenia to social anxiety. Mental health issues are certainly a pandemic worldwide and usually have their roots in both nature—genetics—and nurture—environment.
There’s no one easy way to treat mental health disorders. However, psychotherapy and its numerous healing modalities help. There are several types of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapy. Medication is another huge component of mental health treatment, which is highly esteemed.
Overall, this has been a brief overview of various health conditions. Should you or your loved one develop any of these conditions, you should now have a better understanding of how you can manage them.
Dianne Pajo is a Certified Personal Trainer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her outdoors and performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.