In a 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) researchers have found that some deaths caused by type 2 diabetes, stroke or heart diseases are linked to some habits that are damaging the body. These include the following:
Not Eating Enough Vegetables
Vegetables are low in fat and calories and have zero cholesterol. They are loaded with nutrients like vitamin A & C, potassium, and folic acid that benefit our health. Experts recommend eating about 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day. Without veggies, a person is at higher risk of digestive disorders such as hemorrhoids, constipation, and diverticulosis.
Too Many Sugary Beverages
Sodas and sugary beverages were linked to the early deaths of both men and women.
According to experts, women who drink one or more sugary beverages a day are twice as likely to develop diabetes as compared to those who have one or less. Sugary drinks are one of the main causes of tooth decay, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.
Try replacing these beverages with tea or fresh vegetable juice.
Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Too much alcohol consumption can do great harm to our bodies. It causes physical and emotional changes that lead to serious health problems that endanger one’s life. Some of the major health problems brought by too much alcohol consumption include cirrhosis of the liver and injures as well as heart disease, depression, gout, cancer, and nerve damage.
Due to busy schedules, some of us have the habit of skipping breakfast. This impacts memory, hormonal health, mood, cognition, and weight. Skipping meals slows down our metabolism thus leading to weight gain and sluggishness.
Too Much Red Meat
Red meat contains important nutrients such as essential amino acids, vitamin B12, iron, and zinc. However, studies revealed that high intake of it is associated with increased risk of some cancers (stomach and pancreatic cancer), diabetes, stroke, infections, and diseases of the kidneys, heart, and respiratory tract.
Consuming Too Many Refined Grains
Eating too many refined grains instead of whole grains has been associated with various metabolic diseases. Refined grain includes pasta, white rice, and white bread.
Studies revealed that too much intake of refined grains can lead to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease