Well it can if you have had multiple partners.
Another sin against your health.. Too many sexual partners in your past.
If your wild days are well behind you, so are most of the immediate risks for sexually transmitted diseases. There is one important exception: The ore sexual partners a woman has had the higher her odds for developing cervical cancer at any age. Cervical cancer is caused by some strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV). A persistent, silent infection could linger for years before the cancer is discovered. Slightly more than 20 percent of women with cervical cancer are diagnosed when they are over 65 years old.
Your odds for developing cervical cancer after an HPV infection double if you’re also a smoker, if you ever used oral contraceptives for 5 years or longer (our risk may rise four times above normal if you were ever on the Pill for longer than 10 years). If you’ve given birth to several children, if your mother or sisters have had cervical cancer, or if you’ve had any illness that lowers your immunity.
If you’ve resumed an active sex life with new partners, of have had more than one partner in the past few years, here’s something else to consider. Your knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) may be dangerously out of date. Some doctors are beginning to report an upswing of STD infections in their older patients, as more single or even newly married older people enjoy new intimacies. The rules for safe sex have changed radically in the past 15 years – you may need to catch up.
You can’t “undo” an HPV infection but you can get tested and treated (with surgery or other procedures). If you’re sexually active again, you can learn new preventative rules to protect yourself.
You can have a greater sense of control and safety in your intimate relationships. Also being proactive will greatly lower your risk for STDs and help catch signs of cervical cancer earlier.
Here are some things you can do the help you repair your body from the sins of having many sexual partners in your past.
So there you have it. In all ways play safe, stay safe and protect your health, and you can live a long and healthy life!
Now this is a controversial one. In a day and age when Marijuana is becoming legal in more and more states, this doesn’t mean that smoking marijuana is a healthy habit and one that you should take up just because it may become legal.
Marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke, plus high levels of an enzyme that converts certain smoke components into their most potent, cancer-causing forms. Combined with the fact that marijuana smokers inhale more deeply and hold smoke in their lungs longer than cigarette smoke means that regular pot smokers may have an even higher risk for lung cancer than former cigarette smokers.
There are currently no studies that show the long term health effects of a short-lived marijuana habit. But healthy living, including avoiding all forms of smoke, likely will reduce what lingering damage your youthful indiscretion caused.
Here is a repair plan for you:
So just to be clear, we are really talking about the negative side effects of smoking and smoking Marijuana. There are benefits, for certain types of people, like those who use marijuana for pain management, where the negative effects would be out weighted by the benefits of smoking marijuana. Marijuana has been found to suppress cancer, reduce blood pressure, treat glaucoma, alleviate pain and even inhibit HIV, so no doubt there are circumstances that can warrant the use of Marijuana, but for a normal healthy person, living a healthy lifestyle, all forms of smoking should be avoided.
Even if your drinking days are far behind you alcohol’s effects on your health could linger for decades. In one study of 3,803 women and men, former drinkers reported more depression, heart problems, chronic bronchitis and diabetes after age 40 than did current social drinkers. They also felt less energetic and said their health problems interfered more often with social activities.
Heavy drinking in your twenties can raise your heart disease risk by 36 percent later in life – perhaps due to an enlarged heart muscle, high blood pressure, or to a lifestyle (then and now) that doesn’t include much exercise or enough healthy food. If you ever binge-drank, such as downing an incredible 25 drinks in a day – even just once – researchers say your later odds for heart disease could be seven times higher than normal.
Bingeing can also increase a man’s later risk for prostate cancer by 64 percent – especially in men who have type 2 diabetes. In women a history of heavy drinking may increase breast cancer risk, especially if the drinking happened in midlife. Alcohol seems to alter hormone levels that may fuel the growth of some type of breast cancers. Irritation caused by drinking may also increase your odds for cancers of the head and neck for about 10 years after you stop.
There is plenty you can do to help your body repair alcohol’s damage and to offset added risks. Experts are just beginning to look at how much of drinking’s physical and mental effects can be reversed. Proof that the body can heal: In one study of nearly 1,000 people former drinkers’ risk for cancer of the esophagus dropped to normal after a decade.
Choose to replace your overindulgent past with a healthy present and future and the benefits are widespread. You’ll protect yourself from heart disease and several forms of cancer. You’ll feel more energized and upbeat and you’ll give your self-esteem a huge boost as well, knowing that you’ve greatly improved the person you are.
Here are some things you can do to speed up the repair process:
So remember it is never too late to stop drinking and start repairing your body for a long and healthy life yet to come.
So, maybe you were a former smoker, but you have quit more than a year ago?
If you kicked the habit you are to congratulated and admired. Breaking an addiction to the nicotine in tobacco isn’t easy. With each smoke free year that passes, you lower your odds for heart disease, serious breathing problems,, and cancers of the lungs, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, and possibly the pancreas, too.
But you might now be totally in the clear yet. Your heart and lungs remain at higher risk of disease than that of a non-smoker for up to 20 years after you quit.
You’ll see immediate health improvements shortly after you quitting, but the benefits of quitting take years to reap. Your heart disease risk drops by 50 percent within a year after you kick the habit; but it’s not until 15 years later that your risk for heart disease and stroke fall to the level of someone who’s never smoked. As for lung cancer: After 10 smoke-free years, your risk is about one-third to one-half that of continuing smokers; it falls to nearly that of someone who’s never smoked within 20 years.
Good news is that is you take additional steps to improve your health beyond staying smoke free, you can accelerate the recovery and end up even more immune to the diseases most linked to smoking.
Four great benefits to quitting smoking are:
If you have finally stopped smoking, here is a repair plan for you.
As you have read, by stopping smoking or many other bad habits today, you can reverse the damage that has happened to your body. So many people think that after years and years of smoking, why stop? The damage is already done. This is so untrue! Stop today and reap the benefits, it can take some time, but you can erase the damage done to your body and still live a long and healthy life.
There are four strategies that have proven to be the best for nurturing your body’s repair system – and ensure that the “young” mechanic is doing the work.
Strategy #1 – Exercise
The NEW fountain of youth! A daily walk plus three strength training sessions each week. Research is proving that physical activity flips the youth switch, signaling your body to grow younger as it repairs, maintains and regenerates itself. Key body systems that benefit from exercise are: Muscles, Brain, Heart and Bones
Strategy #2 – Shed stress and make connections
People’s brains are hardwired to live in groups. When we are isolated our stress levels rise. To our subconscious minds prolonged periods of isolation are not safe or natural, and so our brains respond by producing stress chemicals to move us into action.
Strategy #3 – Supply the correct “Parts”
A Mercedes won’t run with replacement engine parts pulled from a beaten up, low quality car. Neither can your body repair itself with the wrong parts. Every time you swallow junk food, refined sugars, refined grain products like white bread, trans fats and highly processed foods, you are doing just that. Nature’s top of the line parts list for the human body are all the nutrients that you find in good fats, whole grains, fruits and veggies, lean protein, and dairy products.
Strategy #4 – Nix the stuff that interferes with Repair
Smoking. Exposure to secondhand smoke. Drinking to excess. This bad stuff hurts your body’s ability to regenerate itself. The upside? Study after study proves that your body’s repair system goes back to work the moment you give them up. Other deadly “sins” are Chronic anger, worry and feeling out of control at home or in your relationships.
Some additional habits to be careful with are not having a regular exercise routine, needing sleeping pills in order to fall asleep most nights and gulping large quantities of sugary soda every day.
What happens after you eat matters also. Many researchers say that neglecting dental health could be the cause of moderate to significant harm based on research linking gum disease with more chronic inflammation and a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and even stroke.
Those are 4 great strategies to start following today. Take control! Don’t put off healthy changes. But above all, stop worrying and start enjoying life!
You won’t want to miss my next few blogs where I explain how what is done, may not really be done. In other words, How the effects of the deadliest health sins, such as Smoking and chronic stress, even if you have participated in them for a significant amount of time, can be reversed simply by just stopping now. That sounds great to me!
Thanks to your body’s amazing ability to continuously regenerate, many of your “parts” are far younger than that age on your birth certificate.
A natural function of your body is create new cells to replace those that have worn out. Your body generates new blood cells, new skin cells, new hair, and new cells for your digestive organs. In fact, most every part of your body is being replaced to some extent, each and every day.
Did you know that the muscles in your legs and the tissue within your gastrointestinal system are only about 15 years old? The red blood cells that deliver oxygen to every cell in your body are only four months old, on average. And the cells on the surface of your skin have a lifespan of just two weeks.
If our bodies are constantly rebuilding ourselves, then we all have the chance to greatly improve our bodies and, by extension, our health – starting right now.
While cell turnover naturally slows with age, giving your internal “mechanic” the right parts for the job (healthy food) and staying away from age-robbers that slow regeneration (such as too much fat, sugar and calories; smoking; too much alcohol: and excess stress) will make all the difference.
As it turns out your body has different regeneration modes. You can think of it like “slow mechanics” and “young mechanics”. You can choose which body-repair mechanic will do the work, experts now believe. The key? Exercise.
Without physical activity, experts now suspect your body believes that it is winter – literally. Remember that you genetic coding isn’t based on life as it is today, but as it was lived many thousands of years ago. And if you were sitting around day after day back then, it usually meant it was the cold-weather season, with you and your family huddled together inside for warmth, long past the season for running around gathering berries and hunting wild game. This also meant that your body needed to shift into hibernation mode; in fact, your top priority would be to burn as few calories as possible, so the slow mechanic took over, doing minimal work and allowing your bones too thin, our muscles to weaken, and more.
If you get up and move around every day, your genetic code says “Aha! I need stronger bones and muscles, more brain cells to figure out how to hunt that wild boar, and a stronger cardiovascular system to keep it all supplied with oxygen and nutrients while I forage for nuts and berries in the woods.” Then the young mechanic gets to work, bolstering key body systems and creating strong new cells. Basically, you choose how healthy your body will stay.
Your body has a vast capacity for repair – and you don’t have to be a scientist in a lab to experience the benefits. In my next blog I will explore 4 strategies for Maximum regeneration of your body.
All this is great news for those of us who want to turn our bodies around for the better. As you can see, it is totally achievable!
Have you ever dieted and lost weight, only to regain it again? Did you feel like you failed? Did you feel like there must be something wrong with you?
As many as 95% of women and men who escape obesity eventually find themselves heavy again. It is easy to feel like you failed but new science shows that it is not entirely your fault. Scott Isaacs, an Atlanta endocrinologist says that weight regain in not simply just a matter of failed willpower but your also battling biology. Ongoing research has determined three powerful physiological changes that work in tandem to drive your body to pack on the pounds you’ve fought so hard to dislodge.
Challenge #1 – Your body wants to hold on to its reserve
Along with the color of your eyes and your hair, your parents passed on other characteristics to you in their genes. Increasingly experts believe that one of them is a so-called set point. A general weight at which your body feels comfortable. Scientists also believe that this so called set point can also change throughout your life. Each time we gain weight, our bodies get comfortable with our newfound heft. Clueless to the fact that modern society is blessed with an abundance of food, your “just in case” genes want to keep the extra body fat stockpiled for the famine that may be lurking around the next corner. Also as you lose weight resting metabolic rates fall drastically. Even just moderate weight loss can cause your metabolism to slow to a crawl.
How to outsmart this set point? Maintaining lean muscle mass as you lose weight gives you the best chance at burning as many calories as possible throughout the day, since muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue does. Experts advise starting a total body strength training program.
Challenge #2 – Your hunger Hormones go Haywire
The New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that a flux in hormones can cause dieters to suffer from ravenous appetite as pounds fall away. Biology messes with the hormone Leptin, that regulate how hungry or full you feel. Experts found this true in people who lost significant amounts of weight as well as those who lost smaller amounts of weight.
It was also discovered that if you have gone through yo-yo weight changes more than once – especially if your regain was fueled by junky carbs and fatty treats – your body may not be as quick to respond to hunger-satiating hormones.
So, how to outsmart your hunger hormones? Researchers are still searching for medical solutions to manipulating hunger hormone levels, but in the meantime there are a few things you can take to tweak the system. One is make sure you get enough sleep every night, since sleep deprivation make the problem worse by further lowering levels of hunger-satisfying leptin and upping levels of hunger-stoking Ghrelin. Dietary changes can also outsmart hunger hormones. Replacing simple carbs such as pasta and white bread with low-calorie foods that are rich in water and nutrients, such as vegetables, can also help outsmart a growling stomach.
Challenge #3 – Your brain craves food
Weight loss also produces changes in the brain itself that may make it harder to resist cake and cookies. Research shows that reward pathways similar to those that drive us to do drugs, have sex and gamble, light up extra bright when people who’ve shed pounds face a tempting treat.
How to Outsmart your brain? To counter-act these brain-directed urges, experts suggest you try providing yourself with alternative rewards. Weight loss feeds the brain with a steady supply of positive reinforcement but all those evaporate once you reach your weight loss goal. Replace these highs with nonfood sources of positive reinforcement, such as small monetary or shopping rewards for sticking to your goals. This can send brain signals down similar reward pathways to those that drive you to seek food, making you less tempted to reach for dessert.
So, now we know we can stop blaming ourselves for past diets and regains. It really wasn’t all our fault. Understanding our biology better prepares us for outsmarting it and getting to where we are maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Source: Prevention Magazine
In my last blog I revealed how having a positive or Optimistic outlook on life can make you happier and help you live longer. But how do you get and keep that positive outlook?
Here are six fundamental changes to make:
Focus on what you want
What do you think about most of the time? Do you Focus on your troubles and worries? If you spend your attention focusing on what you don’t want then it is easy to fall into the pessimistic trap. If you instead spend most of your time thinking about what you do want out of life in various areas then you become more focused. So focus on what you want. Post reminders on post-its and whiteboards in your surroundings to keep your attention where it needs to be.
Be grateful for what you have
What you want is something out there in the future, but it is also important to view what you have right now, in the right way, to keep an optimistic viewpoint. Appreciate the little and the big things in life instead of focusing too much on what you do not have.
Avoid negative Generalizations
If you run into an obstacle or problem then a negative thinker may generalize this as something that is just there and will continue to stay there. While an optimistic thinker views the obstacle as something temporary that can be overcome by taking action.
Shape the input
If you let pessimistic and negative thinking into your mind then it will be pretty much impossible to stay optimistic about life. Take a closer look at what movies, TV, news, books and music you consume and how they affect you. Look at how the people closer to you too such as friends and family affect you thoughts, then take action to reduce or cut out the most negative sources as best you can and replace the void in your life with more time with the positive influences.
Set the context for your day
What you do early in the day often sets the context for that day. Here are some suggestions that will help you set the positive context for the day: Spend a few minutes in the morning in meditation or thinking about what you want and your goals. Spend a few minutes being grateful for what you have. Exercise. Do the more important things of your day first.
Be good and kind to yourself
How you view yourself and treat yourself has a huge impact on how you view the world around you and interact with it. Here is one way to be good and kind to yourself: Write down five things each night that you are grateful for about yourself. Also, don’t beat yourself up when you fall short of a goal or make a mistake.
So I hope this gives you some great ideas of steps you can take to change your outlook to one of optimism. Your future self will thank you for it!
Loving your life, research shows, is a lifesaver. Scientists have found that an optimistic attitude does more than put a smile on your face and make you good company. Studies show that it cuts your risk of getting sick when exposed to the common cold virus; reduces your odds of developing heart disease by 50 percent; and increases the likelihood that you’ll recover from a heart attack, live longer after a cancer diagnosis, and even have fewer everyday health complaints, such as upset stomachs, intestinal distress and breathing problems.
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