A large part of the science of medicine is designed to heal. This pre supposes the fact that you are unwell and need to be healed. Barring a few, most serious ailments do not develop over night and your body gives you several warnings about the potential deterioration of your health from high body temperature to rashes, pain, fatigue etc. Many families are pre disposed to a certain strain of diseases such as cardiac or diabetes which means you already know some of the risks you face.

In a study, called the INTERHEART study, conducted over fifty two countries with close to thirty thousand people involved experts studies the effect of lifestyle changes on the risk of heart diseases. What the experts found was that abnormal lipids, smoking, hypertension, abdominal obesity and psychological factors contributed to a higher risk of cardiac ailments. Not surprisingly, consumption of fruits and vegetables and regular exercise had a positive impact on your risks. So much so that it eliminated almost 95% of the risk of contracting heart related diseases. This was true across the entire cohort of thirty thousand people across fifty two countries. This led the experts to believe that a good lifestyle almost universally could reduce the risk of disease in particular cardio vascular disease. It was a choice that you could make to prevent instead of cure.

If you have ever had the misfortune of seeing a loved one or a friend undergo curative intervention you will easily vouch for the fact that its much less taxing to make lifestyle changes instead of being compelled to undergo surgery. This requires you to make trade off’s in life for example not going out as often and sleeping early instead or not eating that sugar filled sweet first thing in the morning. Life is filled with several pitfalls. If it is in your hands to eliminate some of them, you owe it to yourself to do so.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.