Nothing Classy about Lifestyle Diseases

by Sharon Hopkins

It is a matter of pride for the older generation to talk about their better lifestyles, how better, tastier and pest-free their food was and even how better off they were physically. To sum up, how much more they got out of life in general. Is there some truth to their claims? Well, yes. With advancements in technology resulting in an easier lifestyle, there is a new epidemic, what doctors today are calling lifestyle diseases. In this article, we hope to be able to provide all the basic information about this new, yet prevalent problem.

What are Lifestyle Diseases?

Lifestyle diseases are diseases that are a result of the way we lead our lives on a daily basis. More work and no play, makes a lot of us prone to a host of diseases, physical ailments, and emotional problems. These are the diseases that develop as a result of

  • The type of work we do
  • Environmental factors that affect our living conditions
  • Work environments
  • The food we eat
  • Our exercise habits
  • Stress

List of Lifestyle Diseases

Lifestyle diseases account for a majority of the diseases that are common around the world today. Below is a list of some of the common lifestyle diseases.

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Nephritis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Allergies
  • Hearing problems
  • Heat shock
  • Cold shock
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Chronic backache


Since lifestyle diseases are diseases that are a result of the lifestyle choices that we make, contributing factors are closely related.

  • Bad diet options
  • Lack of adequate exercise
  • Poor posture
  • Disruption in biological clock
  • Poor lifestyle choices
  • Environmental conditions - occupational lifestyle diseases


The good thing about lifestyle diseases is that if we do something about them, it is possible to reverse the condition. Listed below are some things that you can do to prevent lifestyle diseases.

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Engage in moderate exercise (30 minutes every day)
  • Sit and stand in the right postures
  • Avoid foods that are high in fats, salt, sugar and refined products.

While our lifestyles have become more convenient, there certainly is nothing classy about lifestyle diseases. We pay a high price for our press-of-a-button lifestyles. Eventually, we may need to take a step back and relearn how to lead physically active lives, and, in turn, disease-free lives.



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