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The Power of Prevention

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on April 6, 2016

You’ve heard it before: ‘prevention is better than cure’. In 2016, Australians are fatter, moving less, and developing diabetes faster than ever before. It’s a scary fact, but the good news is that there is a way for you to stay healthier for longer – and we’re talking about prevention.

Put simply, by looking after your wellbeing – both physical and mental – you’ll be happier, healthier and get the most out of life!

It’s not about suddenly becoming a marathon runner or getting on the latest radical diet, either. By making a few small lifestyle changes, you can reduce the risk of serious diseases like heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes.

For example, studies have found that one hour of moderate to vigorous walking a day can reduce your chances of breast cancer by 25%. Even if you can’t quite find room for an hour a day, just increasing the amount of exercise you do will help reduce the risk.

It’s not just your body either – a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, regular exercise and social activities can reduce the risk of developing dementia later in life. And you’ll feel better while you’re at it!

As well as leading a healthy lifestyle, prevention is also about listening to your body and looking after yourself. Taking some time to relax or spend time with friends is just as important as getting your daily dose of fruit and veg!

The last piece of the puzzle? Getting in early. This means regular checkups to make sure everything’s running smoothly. Early detection is key for basically every condition. None more so than ovarian cancer: if found early, most patients live longer than 5 years after diagnosis.

That’s why we love initiatives like National Prevention Week. Run by Prevention Magazine, it’s all about raising awareness of how preventative health is important for women over 40, and inspiring women to get the most they can out of life. Natvia is sponsoring National Prevention Week this year, and it runs from the 4th – 8th of April.

 

 

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