Maintain a healthy weight

Benefit: very high
Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight or obese is not only a cosmetic problem, but greatly raises the risk for serious medical conditions. The normal adult body mass index is between 18.5 and 25. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and sugary drinks, move more, exercise, eat healthy and eat less if needed.

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What you can prevent if you Maintain a healthy weight

Cancer

Risk: very high
Cancer

Excess body weight contributes to as many as 1 out of 5 of all cancer-related deaths.

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth. It is a leading cause of death worldwide, but many cancers can be prevented. The majority of cancers, some 90-95% of cases, are due to environmental factors, such as lifestyle and behaviour, and only 5-10% are genetic.

To prevent: exercise, do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol intake, limit sunlight exposure

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Coronary artery disease

Risk: very high
Coronary artery disease

Being overweight makes it more likely to develop CAD.

CAD is the most common cardiovascular disease and a top cause of death. The arteries become narrow as the artery-wall thickens, causing a limitation of blood flow to the heart. Up to 90% of cases may be prevented if the risk factors are avoided.

To prevent: exercise, do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol intake, eat a balanced diet, check blood pressure, check cholesterol level

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Obesity

Risk: very high
Obesity

Keep an eye on your weight to make sure you are not developing obesity.

Overweight or obese people accumulate excess body fat that has a negative effect on their health. Obesity is affecting 12% of the world population and increases the risk of many physical and mental conditions. It is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide.

To prevent: exercise, maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet

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Diabetes

Risk: very high
Diabetes

The best predictor of type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese.

Diabetes is a group of diseases in which the level of sugar in the blood is too high. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar, but in diabetes either the pancreas is not producing enough insulin or the cells are not responding to it. Diabetes can cause many complications and premature death.

To prevent: exercise, do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet

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Hypertension

Risk: high
Hypertension

Blood pressure usually increases as weight increases. Lowering the weight is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. It can have no symptoms, but it's a major risk factor for dangerous diseases. Hypertension affects 25% of the population and is believed to be a factor in 18% of deaths.

To prevent: exercise, do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol intake, eat a balanced diet, check blood pressure

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