1st September, 2010
There are many ways through which we kill ourselves without knowing it. If you want to live long, avoid the following 10 easy paths that led to self-destruction, published by LiveScience.Com
Heart disease is Americaâ€™s number one killer and, while some of that comes from genetics, most of itâ€™s due to the fat-laden, sugar-heavy junk we put in our bodies. Looking for the most effective, probably most enjoyable way to do yourself in? have another doughnut. And make it cream-filled!
They donâ€™t call them cancer sticks for nothing: Tobacco-related illnesses are Americaâ€™s number two killer, and the most preventable. But if youâ€™re bent on putting he kibosh to healthy living, go ahead and light up; just one cigarette will immediately increase your blood pressure and decrease the circulation of your extremities. Imagine what you coud do with a pack.
Not only is television entertaining, it can keep us on the couch for hours at a time several days per week. The average American spends a full 9 years of his life glued to the tube, years that could otherwise be spent exercising. Resist the urge! Being an obese, sedentary TV-addicted couch potato makes for speedy self-destruction, though you may be a little smarter (if you watch those nerdy science channels).
Creating more stress in your life is a great way to invite all kinds of diseases to attack the body. When youâ€™re chronically stressed, the adrenal glands are forced to work overtime and eventually exhaust themselves, inhibiting the immune system. So go ahead and worry about everything from the colour of your socks to whether dinner will be ready on time. Your hormones wonâ€™t know what hit them.
Drink A Lot
The occasional drink of alcohol, especially wine, can be beneficial to your health, many studies suggest. But if youâ€™re looking to do yourself in, overdo the two-drink-per-day limit and imbibe heartily. Besides alcoholism of course, too much booze causes liver damage, diabetes and is the root cause of nearly 100,000 deaths per year.
Drive A lot
If people wanted to increase their chance of surviving â€˜til a ripe old age, theyâ€™d fly everywhere. Driving kills more people aged 1 to 35 than anything else, a statistic that could drop to near zero if everyone just stayed home. But how fun would that be?Â So hit the road, forget the speed limit, yak on your cell phone? Or worse, eat? And donâ€™t buckle up if youâ€™re anxious to become part of this popular statistic.
Have A Lot Of Sex
Most people agree that sex in itself isnâ€™t so bad, itâ€™s how you do it that could mean life or death. The smart self-destructor doesnâ€™t use protection,Â ignores the partnerâ€™s sexual history and shuns the annual medical exam. Twelve million Americans contract sexually transmitted diseases every year, many of which can leave the victim infertile. Killing yourself and preventing new births!
Dumb Down Your Brin
Reading, doing crosswords and tackling sudokus are all risky behaviours if youâ€™re looking to avoid Alzheimerâ€™s. the degenerative brain disease attacks almost everyone who lives long enough, though mind games and puzzles are known to ward off the effects.
Ignore The Doctor
Many Americans agree that their health is hardly worth finding thirty minutes among 526,000 for that once-per-year physical exam. Itâ€™s a good tactic if early disease detection and important medical consultation are going to get in the way of your Tommy Lee lifestyle. If you donâ€™t want to hear the doctor tell you our other tips for self-destruction are unhealthy, just donâ€™t go.
Inadequate sleep (less than 7 or 8 hours a night) has been tied to many different health problems, including obesity, diabetes and cancer. Mental fatigue is also as big of a risk factor for vehicular accidents as alcohol. And just think of all the time youâ€™d have for destructive behaviour if you shunned the zzzâ€™s altogether!