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6 Common Diseases That Are “Silent Killers” And How You Can Prevent Them.

Many factors account for the type of health conditions that affect us. They range from good diet, maintaining a healthy routine and investing in good lifestyle practices is what determines the quality of your health. If we do not pay peculiar attention to our health it may lead to chronic illnesses that remain forever and can result into various complications.

There are a lot diseases that require extra attention and care. Some of them are also referred to as “silent killers” for the very reason that they can become severe at any given point of time, sometimes even leading to sudden death. This article discusses such killer diseases to guide you stay aware and to be on guard. Check out some of the health conditions that kill you silently. Also, read on to find out how you can prevent or manage it.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is considered one of the most dangerous health conditions that can lead to other chronic illnesses. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, about 1.28 billion adults aged 30-79 years worldwide have hypertension.

High Blood Pressure is considered to be a silent killer is because it arises with no particular symptom. People only realize the severity of the situation after the harm has been done. Apart from the impact it has on the heart and the arteries, it also makes a person more prone to serious cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, heart failure, a stroke and many others.

High Blood Pressure is hard to detect. However, doing frequent and regular blood pressure checks, eating foods rich in potassium, fiber, and protein and low in salt and maintaining a healthy weight are some of the ways to reduce your risk of developing hypertension. Those individuals who smoke and drink are at a high risk of developing hypertension. The best practices however if for them to rather engage in physical activities regularly.

Diabetes

Before we continue, please watch this video which throws more light on type 2 diabetes

Diabetes also known as high blood sugar levels can also be very deadly. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2. In Type 1 diabetes the pancreas produces little or no insulin, whereas Type 2 diabetes impacts the way your body processes blood sugar also referred to as glucose. In the Type 2, individuals may usually have no symptoms at the initial stage. Only when the disease progresses, it leads to fatigue, weight loss, frequent urination and thirst. Advanced diabetes may also go on to affect other organs of the body such as the heart, kidney and your eyesight. The exact cause of diabetes is still not yet known. But is important to leave on proper diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and regular screenings can help prevent complications.

Fatty liver disease

Check out some of the causes and symptons of fatty liver diseases in the video below

So far, fatty liver disease in the body is gradual and has no significant trace initially, which makes it a silent killer. There are two types of fatty liver illnesses, – alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. As the term itself suggests, the former results from the excessive alcohol consumption, the reason for the occurrence of the latter is not yet known. When it gets to the advanced stage, both can lead to cirrhosis, a final stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver. As far as fatty liver is concerned, diet plays a very important role. It is necessary to leave on a healthy plant-based diet and avoid eating anything with unhealthy fats. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Go for regular health screenings and listen to what you are told by your doctor. 

Osteoporosis

Causes and symptoms of osteoporosis explained in this video

Osteoporosis is a disease that affect the bones. Usually, the affected individual is often unaware of his or her condition, as it shows no signs or symptoms, until of course they undergo a fracture and get the diagnosis. This is why it is also called a silent killer. Aprt from the effects it has on the density of the bones, it can also affect oral health. Eating foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D are helpful in preventing any form of bone diseases. Practicing lifestyles such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, weight training, etc are best ways to prevent bone diseases. It is also advisable to undergo regular checks. 

Coronary artery disease.

Coronary artery disease is one of the heart diseases which is very deadly. It is a condition, where the coronary arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart narrows down, leading to chest pain or a heart attack, which are the first signs to appear. Without proper screening and a heart-healthy lifestyle, preventing coronary artery disease can be very difficult. In the case where a person suffering from the condition is given quick treatment, they may suffer heart failure. If a person has High Blood Pressure and/or high cholesterol, it can be well managed with regular checkups. Try to practice healthy eating, do regular exercise, avoiding smoking, drinking and other unhealthy activities as much as possible.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where people breathe loudly while sleeping. It can lead to loud snores, extreme tiredness during the day and more. Patients with severe sleep apnea are more prone and vulnerable to sudden deaths and stroke in their sleep. You see why it is referred to as a silent killer? Obstructive sleep apnea is very common whereby your airways repeatedly become completely or partially blocked during sleep. For mild cases of sleep apnea, a certain lifestyle change may be helpful. Losing weight, eating well, quitting smoking and getting the right treatments for nasal allergies can help prevent the condition or even manage it well. However, it is always necessary to consult your doctor on how mild or severe you condition is before the needed treatment is given. 

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