NEW YORK – Lifestyle choices we make adversely impact our health and well-being. And some of those dangers, experts say, are actually life-threatening.
1. Make Bad Dietary Choices
Over the years, there’s been a lot of debate related to diet and longevity. But most experts agree that a diet low in sugar and refined carbohydrates is best. And some studies show that eating a traditional Mediterranean diet can add years to your life.
2. Never Check Your Cholesterol
Just like high blood pressure, high cholesterol can also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Therefore it’s a good idea to have your cholesterol checked to see whether you need to undergo certain lifestyle changes or even possibly take some kind of cholesterol-lowering medication.
3. Never Check For Diabetes
The number of Americans with Type 2 diabetes is expected to rise from 30 million today to 46 million by 2030, when one of every four boomers — 14 million — will be living with this chronic disease.
4. Pack On The Pounds
Already, we are the demographic with the highest and fastest-growing rate of obesity. As we age, our metabolism slows down and we burn fewer calories — if we don’t alter our eating and exercise patterns, weight gain is inevitable.
5. Ignore The Signs Of A Heart Attack
No chest pain doesn’t mean no heart attack. Women having heart attacks frequently report experiencing a feeling of indigestion and extreme fatigue, while some men say they feel a fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of the chest, which may spread to the neck, shoulder or jaw. When a diabetic has a heart attack, the pain is often displaced to other areas such as the lower back.
6. Get Little Sleep
Try as you might, you just can’t stay asleep, right? You pass out before “60 Minutes” is over, but then wake up around midnight and count sheep until the alarm goes off. If that sounds like you, you aren’t alone.
7. Avoid Exercise
Researchers says the minimum you need to stay healthy are muscle-strengthening exercises twice a week, plus 2.5 hours a week of moderate activity like walking or 75 minutes a week of a more intense activity like jogging. Exercise is also good for your memory: Just one year of walking three times a week can increase the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that’s key to memory.
8. Carry The World’s Burdens On Your Shoulders
We’re talking about stress generation, caught in the middle of caring for our parents and our children. We were deeply affected by the recession and boomers have the highest rates of depression by age demographic. Unless we unload, we are going to implode.