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16: Nutrition for Disease Prevention and Treatment
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- 16.1: A Healthy Philosophy toward Food
- Nutrition promotes vitality and an overall sense of health and well-being by providing the body with energy and nutrients that fuel growth, healing, and all body systems and functions. Good nutrition will also help to ward off the development of chronic disease. A person is malnourished by being either undernourished or overnourished. Malnutrition results when the body does not receive the required amounts of calories, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals necessary.
- 16.2: Assessing Personal Health
- Some tools to assess your lifestyle and make changes towards a healthier one. 1: Take charge of tracking your personal health. 2: Assess your diet and identify where it can be changed to promote health and prevent disease. 3: Start finding out the medical history of your family and identify the diseases you may be more susceptible to getting. 4: Assess your lifestyle by evaluating your personal habits, emotional health, sleep patterns, and work-life balance. 5: Start living a healthier life.
- 16.3: Threats to Health
- Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes are major public health threats, and major causes of mortality. Knowing the modifiable risk factors (such as diet, level of physical activity, and cigarette smoking) for certain diseases can help you to adapt your lifestyle to protect them. By following a healthy diet, becoming active, and making other sound lifestyle choices, individuals can reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases.