Lifestyle Choices and Disease

Lifestyle Choices and Disease

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and arthritis, for example, are some of the most common health problems related to poor quality of life that can eventually lead to early death.

However, some of these conditions are preventable by maintaining good health, since unhealthy habits can precipitate them. Four of the biggest health risk behaviors are: poor nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking and drinking too much alcohol. These can all trigger or intensify illness, suffering and early death related to chronic diseases and conditions including aging.

This is not to say it is the person’s fault when certain disease occurs, or that they could prevent it. It is more about being mindful and making conscious efforts to prevent disease and aging in general by simply focusing on health.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and its condition often reflects what is happening internally. In fact, a provider can give all the topical treatments available and still not improve an external skin condition if the client is opposed to caring for his or her overall health.

Internal traits are often overlooked when the focus is only on improving the client’s appearance. So, esthetic professionals should promote wellness and healthy habits regardless of their setting in a spa or medical practice.