Regular exercise can halve the risk of stroke and people who are physically active before a stroke have less severe problems and recover better.
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%.
Smoking increases the risk of high blood pressure, which is the biggest risk factor for stroke.
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.
Alcohol abuse affects both physical and mental health. While a moderate alcohol intake (up to 1 drink/day for women, 2 drinks/day for men) can have health benefits, excessive consumption causes a wide range of psychiatric, neurological and cardiovascular problems, liver disease and other conditions.
Checking your blood pressure is important because hypertension is the biggest preventable risk factor for premature death and 50% of the hypertensive population worldwide are unaware of their condition. Once diagnosed, high blood pressure can be reduced with lifestyle changes and medication.
Around 30% of adults have a high level of LDL-cholesterol in the blood, which builds up plaque within the arteries, decreases the blood flow and affects the function of cells and organs. If you are 20 or older, it is recommended to have your cholesterol levels checked every five years.
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.
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.
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.