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The Seven Most Deadly Health Sins

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The following are what health and fitness expert Jeff Behar, from Beverly Hills, California believes to be the top seven deadly health sins because of their impact on disease and life expectancy.

  1. Smoking- Smoking increases your risk of lung cancers, throat cancer, emphysema, and stroke, 2nd hand and 3rd hand smoke can also increase your risk to certain cancers and shorten your life expectancy.
  2. Excess Drinking - Exess drinking can cause several health issues. Almost every system in the body can be negatively affected by excessive or chronic alcohol consumption. Alcohol can cause cancer, liver disease, heart attacks and brain damage, to name a few. Excess alcohol can also cause risky behaviors that can negatively impact your health, like driving under the influence and particpating in risky behaviors, including but not limited to unsafe sex, smoking and more.
  3. Not seeing the Doctor- Regularly seeing a doctor is essential for good health. Several diseases and conditions when caught early have a very high survival rate. When not caught early, the survival rate can be very low. A good example is prostate cancer.  According to the most recent data, for all men with prostate cancer when diagnosed early, the relative 5-year survival rate is nearly 100%. Survival rates are also very high for early detection of other cancers like colon cancer and breast cancer. For these cancers, awareness early detection can increase survival rates to around 90 perceent for colon cancer and to 95 percent or above for breast cancer. So, see your doctor regularly, and get the required screening tests based on your gender, risks, and family history.“greatest” and “root” of all sins, was determined to be the aggregation of each sin.  This work represents one of two separate but related works that are meant to be enjoyed consecutively (gluttony).
  4. Binge Eating and Overating- Similar to gluttony. Binge eating is usually related to stress, anxiety or unhappiness. These conditions have shown to negatively impact health and increase your risk to several diseases and conditions. Binge eating also puts extra stress on your gastrointestinal system, raises your blood sugar levels and can put stress on your pancreas. Overeating. Overeating can lead to obesity.  It is all too common for a person to be overweight or obese (extremely overweight) in the United States. Today, nearly two-thirds of American adults (about 130 million people) are overweight or obese. Addiitonally a staggering 15 percent of children and adolescents are overweight, compared to just 4 percent a few decades ago, and another 15 percent of children are at risk for being overweight. Weighing too much may increase your risk for developing many health problems including but not limited to: Type 2 diabetes (More than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese), cardiovascular disease (heart disease),stroke, certain cancers, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), gallbladder disease and gallstones, fatty liver disease (also called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stroke, gout and sleep apnea. Note obesity also causes low levels of HDL cholesterol (the "good cholesterol") increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke. Losing 10 to 15 percent of your weight can lower your chances of developing heart disease and may lower blood pressure, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels; improve how your heart works and your blood flows; and decrease inflammation throughout your body.
  5. Unsafe sex- Unsafe sex can lead to HIV and Aids. Unsafe sex is not just a problem associated with young people anymore. Women age 55-70 Whave the highest increase of HIV tody, even higher than Women age 18-55.
  6. Sleep deprivation- Most Americans don’t get enough 7-8 hours a night is what our bodies need.  40 million Americans don’t get enough sleep. Lack of sleep limits your body's ability to repair itself.  People who do not get enough sleep have shown to have higher stress levels, higher tendency to over eat and become obese, have higher risk to cardiovascular disease (heart disease), and have a weaker immunuity system, increasing the risk for several immunity related diseases.
  7. Toxic relationships-  Toxic relationship damages your health by adding stress.  This lowers your life expectancy and increases you risk to several stress related disewases that can impact your health and quality of life. Stress, related disease may include: cardiovascular disease (heart disease), high blood pressure (hypertension), chronic fatigue, anxiety attacks, psychological distress / depression, insomnia, inflammatory diseases, headaches / migraines, immunity related diseases, increase frequency of colds/flu/infections, alcoholism to name a few.
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