Lifestyle Related Disorders Reasons Remedy

Lifestyle related disorders are the diseases linked with the way people live their life. This is commonly caused by unhealthy eating, less or disturbed sleep, alcohol, drug and smoking abuse as well as lack of physical activity. Lifestyle diseases have infiltrated life in the UAE in big way. Poor diet choices, eating out or ordering in for convenience together with unhealthy lifestyle have contributed to an increase in the number of residents suffering from lifestyle disorders. The UAE has one of the highest rates of CVD, Diabetes, cancer, liver and respiratory disorders and Obesity.

Your waist to height ratio is an important indicator of overall health and wellness so use this calculator to find out if you're at risk for obesity. Higher values of WHtR is correlated with abdominal obesity and that indicate higher risk of lifestyle related diseases. If you have higher waist to height ratio and family history of any of the lifestyle disease, these are two alarming signs to take the help of dieticians & health professionals to steer towards healthy lifestyle

The onset of these lifestyle diseases is insidious & they take years to develop. But if corrective action is taken at right time, these diseases are potentially preventable & can be controlled by eating healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, by changing lifestyle & by supplementing with Vitamin D (a major concern in UAE population).

By creating awareness about a balanced diet & healthy lifestyle can help improve overall health among the population. Health education is of utmost importance to fight against these lifestyle disorders.

Are you curious about finding out “what is a well-balanced diet in order to stay healthy and to enjoy productive life?"

Let’s know the tricks to live healthy life:

Include all food groups in your diet

Every food has its own unique color, flavor, taste, and nutrients. In daily diet, to get maximum  nutrients include different food groups (cereals & millets, fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds, legumes & lentils, dairy & meat) provided to us by nature to lead healthy life.

Build a healthy plate

Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. Try some of these options.

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Include 2-3 cups dairy in your daily diet.
  • Make at least half your grains whole.
  • Vary your protein food choices.
  • Keep your food safe to eat

Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt

Many people eat foods with too much of solid fat, added sugars, and salt (sodium). Added sugars and fats load foods with extra calories you don't need. Too much sodium may increase your blood pressure.

  • Choose foods and drinks with little or no added sugars.
  • Look out for salt (sodium) in foods you buy – it all adds up.
  • Eat fewer foods that are high in solid fats.

Eat the right amount of calories for you

Everyone has a personal calorie limit. Staying within yours can help you get to or maintain a healthy weight. People who are successful at managing their weight have found ways to keep track of how much they eat in a day, even if they don't count every calorie.

  • Enjoy your food, Don’t  eat less; eat right.
  • Cook more often at home, where you are in control of what's in your food.
  • When eating out, choose healthier options (lean meat cooked in healthier way )
  • Write down what you eat to keep track of how much you eat.
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly – limit to 1 drink a day for women or to 2 drinks a day for men.

Make smart healthy choices when pursue food

Whether it's grocery shopping or at a restaurant, look at ingredients and read food labels. The purpose of the food label is to help you make healthy choices so you can eliminate toxins and still eat the foods you enjoy. If you're not reading, you can't possibly know what you are consuming. If you get in the habit of reading and understanding food labels, you are on your way to a healthy diet and good foundation in preventing disease.

Understand your empty calories

Sugar laden beverages & alcohol are said to have empty calories that means these contains hardly any nutrients and carries lot of calories .Consume those sensibly & in moderation rather choose nutrient dense foods for maximum health benefits.

Be physically active your way

Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can, at least 10 minutes at a time. Every bit adds up, and the health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.

What you eat and drink and your level of physical activity are important for your own health.

Have Patience

Results don't come overnight, but occur in the long haul with commitment and consistency. You must be willing to wait for results and know they will come, even in the face of what appears to be invisible progress. That is the key to transforming your body. Don’t follow fad diets rather look for long term success to become fit and healthy.

Every effort should be made to have all the nutrients in right quantities, proportion, hygienic and free from harmful germs and chemicals. Nourish your body with natural, Real & whole foods so that you are consistently satisfied & follow healthy lifestyle to live your life to the fullest.

Archana Arora

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