It is common knowledge that diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer are the leading causes of death in the 21st century.  In a 2003 data in the United States alone, heart disease ranks the first leading cause of death followed by cancer, stroke, accidents and diabetes. 


Over the years, scientists have been looking for answers on what the modern lifestyle has to do with the prevalence of the said diseases.  Research has shown that those living in highly-urbanized countries were more susceptible to acquiring these diseases than the indigenous peoples elsewhere in the world whose diet consists mainly of greens and whose living is far less complex and stress-free.


Noticeably, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes (whether hereditary or not) are greatly triggered by the type of food and lifestyle most people in Western societies have.  Foods that are high in fat, although they taste better, will take a toll on one's health later on in life if not right away.


Try to assess your daily diet in particular.  Unless you've become conscious about your health, you probably have been consuming fried, preserved, and fast foods.  Do you remember the last time you had five servings of fruits and vegetables in a day?  If so, then lucky you, because the bulk of the diet in the West is a far cry from what experts call natural and nutritious.


However, don't feel upset about this reality.  You can be in control of your life in order to prevent acquiring and dying from the leading diseases by changing your lifestyle and diet to improve not only your physical, but emotional well-being as well.



Cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes can be prevented with a combination of diet, exercise, and the right attitude.  The guide to living a healthy lifestyle is not coined on how drastic you want the changes to happen but it is based on a gradual process.

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