Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, closely followed by cancer as the second. Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of death, and diabetes statistics reveal how being unhealthy in one way can have a cascading effect that leaves you more susceptible to other serious maladies.
Those with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease, making those with diabetes more susceptible to the nation’s number one killer. Additionally, people with type two diabetes–the most common form–are twice as likely to develop liver or pancreatic cancer, two of the most deadly forms of the disease.
All three of these conditions are preventable if you take the time to learn the best practices for keeping yourself healthy. Especially if you are genetically predisposed to any of these illnesses, taking your health seriously is of utmost importance.
Lowering your risk factor for ailments like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease requires you to take your health into your own hands. Did you know that simply adding more fiber to your diet can help prevent heart disease? That’s as simple as switching white bread for wheat, choosing oatmeal over cereal, and incorporating one more serving of fruits and vegetables per day. Making those changes can also prevent diabetes. Start focusing on eating mainly non-processed foods, and you can also add cancer prevention to the list.
Taking control of your health takes work. It requires dedication and determination to improve your eating, exercise, and sleep habits. Luckily, these three books by trusted medical source John Whyte, MD, the chief medical officer of WebMD, break down preventing heart disease, cancer, and diabetes into manageable steps.
Take Control of Your Cancer Risk
In this book, Physician and Chief Medical Officer of WebMD John Whyte, MD, MPH, breaks down the prominent myth that cancer is mostly genetic. Although genetics have an impact, the most major causes of cancer are tied to environment and lifestyle choices.
Dr. Whyte provides tips on how to assess your cancer risk and know which screenings you need and when you need them. Additionally, Dr. Whyte shares information that helps readers understand the role food, exercise, and sleep play in cancer prevention. Check out this book to discover practical, empowering advice on how to take control of your health.
Take Control of Your Diabetes Risk
Give yourself the power to change your life for the better after a prediabetes diagnosis, diabetes diagnosis, or just to live your best life possible. Dr. John Whyte is back to impart more critical knowledge on how to live a healthier lifestyle, this time focusing on diabetes prevention.
In this book, learn the causes and effects of the different types of diabetes. Additionally, learn how to manage food choices and utilize good exercise and sleep habits to keep yourself out of the diabetes risk zone. This book will also help readers understand how diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are intertwined.
Take Control of Your Heart Disease Risk
Did you know that one in every five deaths in this country is because of heart disease? In this book, Dr. John Whyte offers advice on how you can lower your risk of being one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans per year diagnosed with this condition.
Discover evidence-based approaches to what to eat–and what not to eat–if you want to keep yourself in good condition. There is even a four-week meal plan included to help get you started! Additionally, learn how to recognize early symptoms, perform at-home tests, and assess your health risks.
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