Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke and arthritis are among the most common and costly health problems in the United States. These diseases are highly preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means you might be able to reduce your risk and cut health care costs by adapting healthy eating habits. Exercise and other lifestyle habits can also make a difference.
The United States Department of Agriculture has issued a series of Dietary Guidelines to help you make smart choices to improve your health and prevent, delay or control chronic diseases. Here are a few ideas:
- Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you consume.
- Eat more whole grains.
- Choose low-fat or non-fat milk.
- Eat foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like nuts, seeds and fish.
- Avoid trans fats and limit your intake of saturated fats.
- Eat fewer foods that are made with added sugars. Give up the sodas, whether sugar-sweetened or filled with artificial sweeteners.
- Eat less salt/sodium.
- Control portions to reduce calorie load.
- Balance intake and exercise to prevent unhealthy weight gain.
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