Celebrity health changers
- But even quitting at age 50 (closer to when President Obama kicked butts out of his life) drops your risk significantly (by how much?) compared with those who continue to light up.
- Plus, within a few weeks of quitting, ex-smokers will have improved circulation and they’ll cough less. Within a few months, lung function will improve substantially, and the senses of smell and taste will become sharper.
Eating a vegetarian or vegan diet
- Studies have shown that eliminating animal protein can lead to improvements in health. How? What is the recommended amount of protein in the daily diet?
- The key is to make sure you are still eating a balanced diet and paying special attention to the nutrients that are hard to come by when shunning all animal products. What are the essential daily nutrients? Which foods replace nutrients from animal products?
- It increases heart rate and blood pressure and constricts the arteries that pump blood to the heart. What can this result in? It also constricts blood vessels to the brain. What can this cause?
- Snorting it damages nasal passages, and it can also contribute to stomach ulcers and cause sudden kidney failure. Quitting successfully is tough because it’s so highly addictive, but doing so will reverse (or at least reduce) many of its negative health impacts.
- Frequent tanners have an increased risk (how much?) of deadly melanoma, and some high-pressure sunlamps can emit as much as 12 times the UVA radiation of the sun. Check out this staggering factoid on the yearly incidents of new skin cancer cases.
- While tan-aholics can’t stomach the thought of being pale, the constant pursuit of a sun-kissed glow gives UV rays plenty of time to get busy breaking down collagen in the skin. What does this cause?
Staying up all night
- According to the National Sleep Foundation, getting too few hours (what is considered an acceptable amount?) increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart problems, depression and substance abuse. And then there are the more obvious side effects of being chronically exhausted — like an increased risk of getting in a car accident, trouble dealing with distractions and difficulty learning.
- The fact that large percentage (how many?) of Americans suffer from insomnia certainly helps account for our national love affair with sleep aids, but the experts suggest that other — non-drug — methods (what are these?) can help make it easier to get a good night’s sleep.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 79,000 deaths each year in the U.S. can be attributed to excessive alcohol consumption.
- In addition to the increased risk of accidents, alcohol abuse is linked to health problems including dementia, stroke, high blood pressure and other heart problems, increased cancer risk, gastrointestinal problems and liver disease. Quitting can help reduce those risks and improve overall health (how soon after quitting?).
- According to the National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders, a sizeable percentage (how many?) of anorexics die from complications related to their disease (including suicide and heart problems).
- And even if it doesn’t kill you, starving your body can cause serious problems such as osteoporosis, anemia, heart and brain damage — some of which may endure even after returning to a normal weight and healthy eating habits.