What are health risks?

Health risks are the ingredients that go into a recipe that cooks up a catastrophic health event. That event may be a heart attack, stroke, or the diagnosis of a chronic disease. There are two types of health risks – those you can control and those you can do nothing about. If you will focus your attention on those you can control and avoid worrying about the things you can do nothing about, you will have set yourself on a course to better health.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, poor nutrition, being overweight, smoking, lack of exercise, stress and anxiety, depression – all of these are risks, all are controllable, and all can be improved by your behaviors. If you suffer with any of these, partnership with a health professional is useful, too. Aside from stress, anxiety, and depression – none of these risks have any symptoms to warn you of their danger.

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