Chronic Diseases and Nutrition
Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are some chronic diseases. They are also called non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and are the leading cause of preventable death and disability worldwide. They all contribute to a massive problem in our society because they cause long-term health and economic challenges and are expensive to manage or treat. However, there’s something you can do about them! Continue reading to find out.
Uncontrollable and controllable factors can increase or reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. People with a family history are at a higher risk of developing a chronic disease. Meanwhile, a healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce the risk. The former is beyond our control while the latter is controllable. Some other steps towards chronic disease prevention include;
Know Your Roots
Where do you come from, and what runs in your family tree? This information will help to understand some unique needs and how to make the right lifestyle choices that will benefit you as an individual.
Strive For Balance
Eating a diet high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fat can contribute to chronic diseases in your body. Likewise, eating healthy foods but living a sedentary lifestyle can double the risk of developing chronic diseases. Therefore, aim for a balance between what you eat, drink, and do.
Seek Expert Advice
Recommendations are for you to eat a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits to prevent chronic diseases. Moreso, a Registered Dietitian can help diagnose, manage, and treat chronic diseases using individualized Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).
Attend This Webinar
Diet Tech Africa is committed to taking action on NCDs. As a result, we are partnering with Access Bank to educate more women through the W community; an online community for women to share information, network and enjoy privileges that enhance their lifestyle. Our Registered Dietitian, Deborah Ayodeji RDN, LD will share practical tips for weight management, improving nutrition, and preventing chronic disease during this webinar. Link to register here.
Speak to one of our registered dietitians to learn more about healthy cooking, and eating methods that promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle!