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Teens: Staying Healthy

By on March 29, 2012 in Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

Will the habits I have now really make a difference when I’m older?

Yes, 65% of deaths in adults are caused by heart disease, cancer and stroke. In many cases, these diseases are preventable. Many of the behaviors that cause these diseases start early in life. For example, if you had used snuff when you were a teenager , you are more likely to get heart disease.

What I can do to stay healthy?

  • Avoid using any product derived from snuff. Try not to breathe the smoke from people smoking around you.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Do not drink and drive. Do not climb into a car with a driver who has been drinking alcohol or using drugs.
  • Wear protective headgear, such as motorcycle or bike helmets when participating in sports.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Talk to your parents or your doctor if you are feeling really sad or if you are thinking about hurting himself.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid situations where violence or fighting may cause you to be physically injured.
  • If you have sex, use condoms to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Always remember that sex “safest” is not having sex.
  • Visit your doctor regularly.

What might my doctor do?

The doctor may do one of the following things to help you stay healthy:

  • Determine your risk for certain medical problems.
  • Measure your height, weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • Order tests to check your general health or for the presence of certain diseases.
  • Provide immunizations called vaccines to reduce the risk of you getting diseases such as mumps, tetanus and hepatitis.

At my age what I should worry most?

Car accidents, unintentional injury, homicide and suicide are the two most common causes of death in adolescents and young adults. Cancer and heart disease can also affect you at this age. Unplanned pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS, can cause social and personal problems in addition to harming their health.

Do young men have health risks that are different from young women?

Yes, young men do not wear seat belts as often as women do. It is also more likely to carry weapons, they get into physical fights, not using snuff tobacco or marijuana, to drink alcohol heavily and have more sexual partners. On the other hand, young women have some special risks. They attempt suicide more often and try to lose weight in harmful ways more often than young men.

Should I talk to my doctor if I’m worried about my health or my body?

Yes, it is important to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your health or your body. Your doctor is there to help.

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