Prolonging Life through a Healthy Lifestyle
Most of the things that we do in life come with a price. Ever thought that what you are involved in today can have a higher price tag tomorrow than you can literally bare? I’ve been down that road, and I dearly regret my actions which directly or maybe indirectly positioned me as a victim of a heart disease that I believe that I could avoided. I’m saying this because my family has no history of heart diseases, and it was a shock when I got diagnosed with one.
I attribute my lifestyle to my current predicament. I regret about all my deed, but the best I can do right now is to live a better lifestyle which can help me my heart keep beating a bit longer as instructed by my physician.
It was way back in 2007 while I was still in college that I got involved in the pervert and irresponsible behavior of smoking, over-drinking alcohol and at times smoking weed. For long I had avoided the company that introduced me to this new lifestyle, but with time I felt that I was the one who had a hard time fitting in and not embracing a ‘cool’ life like the rest of my college mates. There while in my second year at college, I found myself getting attracted to the group and exposing myself to all that they were propagating.
Smoking Alcohol and Drugs are High causes of Heart Diseases
Within no time, I was a pro. Actually I had become better than them. I was taking almost twice the alcohol they took on a particular day and smoking twice as much cigarettes than they did. I didn’t love the effects of marijuana, therefore my intake was limited.
However, I never realized that the road that I had taken wasn’t one that I could retreat easily. I was deep into the rot that I never gave a damn about those who cared about me thought. Yeah, even during my holidays, I got involved in the behavior and my parents found out and I became aggressive when they tried to talk to me about the change.
No matter the methods that they employed to have me become the son that they knew bore no fruits. My behavior was something that they had to live with and after failing to change me for the first two years they gave up.
Fast forward in 2011 after I had graduated from college and secured a job at a local bank. I had been having palpitations which had started sometimes in 2009, but by this time they got worse and because I had a medical cover secured by my employers, I decided to go for a cardiovascular check. To my surprise, I was diagnosed with HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) a heart condition which can easily lead to heart failure and other heart complications.
A Change in Lifestyle Can Mitigate the Risk of Heart Diseases
After the diagnoses, I was so alarmed and there immediate need of a shift in my lifestyle and behavior as I sought to combat with the disease and live a longer life. I decided to adhere with the recommendations of the healthcare provider. I had to quit smoking as well as cut down my alcohol intake. I also had to change my dieting and some of the recommended foods are those that I never loved before but do I have better choices.
I’m paying the price of having to often purchase expensive medication, some of which have devastating side effects and the regret of living knowing that my life is as stake. Make better choices while still young.