The universal law of adaptation has made us match up with the rapid changes happening around us. Not just the environmental but also the lifestyle and social changes. Life has become very fast. Everybody wants to be in the race and is trying hard to win too. There are many amongst us who desire to have more than 24 hrs in a day. Thankfully that is not going to happen. But it is the time we should all take a pause and think that we are prone now to some silly disorders which were barely prevalent in our ancestors. These are the lifestyle diseases which are a major cause of death especially in the developing countries.
Many Cancer patients ask us that why has the incidence of cancer increased off late. The only logical answer I could find out is the lifestyle changes happening around. Also the rate of metastases is so high nowadays making the prognosis very bad compared to what it was a few years ago. Though we cannot ignore the changes happening in our environment which have favored the occurrence of many diseases but it is also our way of living that is further worsening the situation.
Certain psychological problems like stress and depression which we usually overlook should be given attention at the right time. Stress related disorders are a major cause of various lifestyle diseases like hypertension, obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, asthma, depression and Cancer. Stress can lead to changes in your behavior and physiology. Behavioral changes might happen in eating pattern, physical inactivity, addiction like smoking etc. while physiological changes might affect you cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine system. Most of us are happy to take pills throughout their life to pacify their ailments not bothering much about the cause of these problems. It is very important to identify this stress as the root cause of above mentioned lifestyle diseases.
Stress can be very well managed with lifestyle modifications, exercise, yoga, time management, diet planning etc. Counseling would also help one tackle stress.