Lifestyle Diseases


Well, the term disease itself is intimidating enough…and when something like “Lifestyle Disease” crops up…it just races our heart beat!! But hey watch out…this in itself is a disease of the lifestyle. To put it simply these are diseases which happen due to the lifestyle one adopts.

There is an array of  lifestyle diseases  which majorly consists of arteriosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke; obesity and type 2 diabetes; and diseases associated with smoking and alcohol and drug abuse.The resultant chronic diseases – heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and respiratory infections – which are ailments of long duration and slow progression, will severely affect people’s earnings. So here’s a list of the top ten “Lifestyle Diseases “.

Heart Disease: any of several abnormalities that affect the heart muscle or the blood vessels of the heart. There are a dozen forms of this lifestyle disease. Heart disease and other forms of cardiovascular disease can lead to congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart cannot pump sufficient blood to meet the demands of the body. The various forms of heart disease may also cause disturbances in normal heartbeat, called arrhythmia.

Alzheimer’s disease: a form of brain disease. Abreakdown of brain cells occurs. There is no treatment, but good nutrition may slow the progress of this lifestyle disease, which lasts about seven years in most people who have it.

Atherosclerosis: a generic term for several diseases in which the arterial wall becomes thick and loses elasticity. Atherosclerosis is the most common and serious vascular disease. It usually occurs with aging. It is linked to overweight, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Cancer: diseases characterized by uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells. Cancer is considered as the number one “Disease of Civilization”. There are more than 150 different kinds of cancer and many different causes.

Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis: any of a group of liver disorders. Characteristics of liver disease are jaundice, loss of appetite, liver enlargement, fluid accumulation, and impaired consciousness.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): a disease characterized by slowly progressing, irreversible airway obstruction. The symptoms are problems in breathing while exercising, difficulty in breathing in or out deeply, and sometimes a long-term cough. The condition may result from chronic bronchitis, or asthma. Cigarette smoking and air pollution make it worse.

Diabetes: a disease affecting sugars used by the body. Type II diabetes is also called non-insulin-dependent diabetes, adult-onset diabetes, ketosis-resistant diabetes, or stable diabetes. It often develops in over weight adults.

Heart Disease: any of several abnormalities that affect the heart muscle or the blood vessels of the heart. There are a dozen forms of this lifestyle disease. Heart disease and other forms of cardiovascular disease can lead to congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart cannot pump sufficient blood to meet the demands of the body. The various forms of heart disease may also cause disturbances in normal heartbeat, called arrhythmia.

Nephritis/CRF: any disease of the kidney marked by swelling and abnormal function.

Stroke: a condition due to the lack of oxygen to the brain that may lead to reversible or irreversible paralysis. Advancing age, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking can lead to this excruciating disease. Lack of exercise, overweight, high cholesterol and a family history of strokes make a person prone to this disease.

Lifestyle diseases are a result of the inappropriate relationship of people with their environment. With the increase of industrialization and the advent of technology, the pattern of human life has been altered. Basic activities like working, eating, sleeping have been terribly modified and forcefully meshed with hectic schedules. So it’s all about priorities…and what’s sad is that the most basic yet important activities that underlie our existence take a back seat. It’s high time we let the brighter side of the lifestyle prevail and let not this grimmer shadow eclipse it.

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8 thoughts on “Lifestyle Diseases

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  2. Yes lifestyle is so important, however with heart disease genetics can still prevail and heart conditions occur. I believe a healthy lifestyle helps those with the genetic predisposition to survive the heart disease more often if they seek prompt medical treatment at the first sign of trouble. Many who have come through cardiac rehab question, but I have done everything right…why. I tell them they survived because they have such a healthy lifestyle and have simply succumbed to the genetic portion of the disease, that which we have yet to be able to influence with current medical knowledge…but soon we will be able to address preventatively.

  3. Pingback: What is good for heart is good for brain …..! « Dr. Manisha R. Deokar

  4. Mam, I’m an architectural student Of L. S. Raheja school of architecture, mumbai and for final year design dissertation I’m designing a ayurvedic healing center for lifestyle diseases. For that I wanted to know all lifestyle diseases and what category does them belong to like vata, pitta or kapha. If u could help me with that I’ll be very greatful. Please reply as you get time. Thank you.

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