Chronic Disease And Nutrition – Factors That Lead To Poor Health
Chronic disease and nutrition are partners for good or for bad. The food choices that we make can affect our risk of developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease or cancer. Good nutrition is important for preventing disease. Chronic illnesses have a slow onset and long duration.
Disease factors related to nutrition are also affected by culture and can define a people’s health, growth and development, as can lifestyle factors such as smoking and exercise, in addition to genetic factors.
One of the recognized key triggers that lead to an entire range of nutrient related diseases is obesity or being overweight. Obesity is now considered a major health concern in our day and in American culture. Those that are obese have a tendency to consume a diet high in saturated fats and salt. Those that are overweight or obese can experience such health problems as:
• Premature death
• Heart disease
• Cancers of certain types
• Breathing problems
• Reproductive complications
• Gall bladder disease
Another trigger for chronic illness is physical inactivity, with a sedentary lifestyle presenting a significant risk for chronic illnesses such as: