In 2016, health trends focus on preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
“Tobacco use, lack of physical activity, harmful use of alcohol, and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from an NCD,” counsels Dr. Monica Cabral, consultant of Internal Medicine-Endocrinology at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City.
“But while the diabetes and obesity epidemics are rapidly increasing, they are preventable and treatable.”
Mobility helps prolong life.
Physical activity continues to be important in 2016. Whether it’s using machines at the gym for an hour a day or simply taking a brisk 15-minute walk a few days a week, moving around reduces the risk of dying from non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart attack.
Improvements in breathing, endurance, flexibility, bone and muscle strength, and even mental health and mood, are just a few positive effects of keeping in motion.
Moderated drinking and decline of tobacco use
Medical research still points to heavy smoking and heavy drinking as key causes of heart disease, lung disease, arthritis, and a declining immune system.
Evidence is growing that the combined abuse of tobacco and alcohol can dramatically increase the risk of certain cancers (particularly in the mouth and throat) and problems with the liver (cirrhosis) and digestive system (peptic ulcers, inflammations, etc.).
The good news is that more governments all over the world have placed heavier restrictions on the availability of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. At the same time, medical experts still encourage the public to avoid lighting up all together.
While the benefits of certain drinks like beer and wine are still being examined, the general consensus of doctors and health professionals is that having more than two glasses of either beer or wine can lower your resistance to illness.
Because of various reports that link processed meat and red meat to chronic diseases, people are expected to consume more organic food and use plant-based protein alternatives. Dependence on prescription drugs in treating various illnesses will also lessen as more people favor natural remedies, like food therapy, vitamin and mineral supplements, and aromatherapy.
Food is your medicine.
Given the current trend of using natural remedies, the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre uses food as medicine to address the hormonal imbalance causing obesity and obesity-related diseases.
However, before following any diet or fitness trend, consider the sources first, they advised. Do not forget to consult with your doctor to know exactly what is best for your body.
For its part, the Cohen’s Lifestyle Program uses wellness and weight loss plans based on the biochemical analysis of the blood as formulated by international specialist Dr. Rami Cohen.
The program teaches clients the right cooking, eating and sleeping habits to optimize the performance of organs vital for metabolic processes. Without requiring exercise, injection or pill intake, the program delivers fast results, with clients averaging a loss of up to 8 to 10 lbs a month.
In the Philippines, the center has helped overweight and obese clients since 2009, but it is expected to become more visible in 2016 as more Filipinos seek natural, safer and personalized weight loss options