Pneumonia

Risk: high
Pneumonia
Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI), the most common types being pneumonia and bronchitis, are inflammatory conditions of the lung. Children and the elderly are at higher risk, but pneumonia is a major cause of death among all age groups, accounting for 7% of the world's yearly total.

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How can you prevent Pneumonia

Exercise

Benefit: very high
Exercise

Exercising strengthens the immune system and can prevent getting sick from viruses and respiratory illnesses and promotes a fast recovery.

Exercising can prevent or ameliorate a wide range of health conditions and diseases. It helps maintain a healthy weight and a normal blood pressure. It reduces the risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lowers the risk of early death by 30%.

Can prevent: cancer, coronary artery disease, obesity, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, pneumonia

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Do not smoke

Benefit: very high
Do not smoke

Tobacco damages the lung's ability to fight infection.

Smoking is highly addictive and it harms almost all organs. It is a major risk factor for the most common causes of death. Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients and when they burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous or carcinogenic.

Can prevent: cancer, coronary artery disease, COPD, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, pneumonia

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Eat a balanced diet

Benefit: very high
Eat a balanced diet

A healthy diet strengthens the immune system and can prevent getting sick from viruses and respiratory illnesses and promotes a fast recovery.

A balanced diet is essential for lowering many health risks. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and vegetable oils. Limit the intake of sugar, salt, dairy products, refined grains, red meat and processed foods. Avoid junk food, trans fats and sugary drinks.

Can prevent: coronary artery disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, pneumonia

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