As the cases of the virus causing Monkeypox are expanding across the world and the scientific community still trying to understand what the cause might be, the current situation is raising concerns while bringing up the memories of early Coronavirus days.
Although the World Health Organization says that Monkeypox is not likely to cause another pandemic, since a) it is not a recently discovered new virus, and b) it is not spreading at the same speed as COVID-19, you might be wondering ... how protected am I from other epidemics/pandemics to come?.
Getting fit, and resistant to diseases
Maintaining a healthy weight, the so-called Ideal Weight, is very important for health. Recently, Virtual Personal Trainer has shown that, in addition to reducing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many types of cancer, it can also lower the risk of Coronavirus and future epidemics/pandemics to come.
Excessive weight accumulation outside your healthy/ideal weight range can have serious health implications.
Weight gain raises your chances of sickness
Weight gain above your ideal weight, overweight & Obesity can strongly influence your chance of developing certain diseases and health conditions, namely: cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, gallstones, asthma, infertility, cataracts, apnea, snoring, and many types of cancer. But recently, I have also found that just a few extra pounds may raise your chance of suffering severe Coronavirus symptoms and even mortality, thus potentially making you more prone to suffering from future epidemics/pandemics.
Gaining weight as you age increases the chances of developing sickness. Or, in other words, if your weight is not in your healthy weight range, stopping and preventing additional weight gain, and immediately initiating a weight loss program should be at the top of your priorities to avoid potential health issues. This is still important now as we are still suffering from the Coronavirus pandemic, and can also help you to reduce the risk of suffering other diseases in the future , such as Monkeypox or other diseases, and thus making you more resistant.
What are the reasons for weight gaining?
- Wrong diet: your daily food habits (quality and quantity) have a strong impact on your weight.
- Maintained inactivity: It is well known that regular exercise can be highly beneficial for health, reducing the chances of developing multiple types of diseases as well as mortality. Thus, regular physical activity is fundamental for weight management and a healthy lifestyle.
- Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to remain within a healthy weight, while others are prone to gain weight more easily than others. Genes necessarily do not dictate your destiny, as several studies suggest that eating healthy and staying active can prevent you from the genetic predisposition to gain weight.
- Lack of sleep: Studies have shown a link between sleeping quality and bodyweight. People who sleep a short time may have until 30% higher chance of weight gain compared to people who sleep an average of 7 hours per night. There are several reasons for that: short sleepers may be tired to exercise during the day, decreasing their chances of burning calories through exercise, may take in more calories than long sleepers due to their long time awakeness and as such have more opportunities to overeat. A lack of sleep may also disrupt the balance of appetite control hormones, so short sleepers may feel hungrier than long ones.
First edited: 1st of March, 2022
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