Do you remember “So Young,” by The Corrs? When you’re young, you think of yourself as invincible, you can party for 48 hours and still report for work fresh as a daisy. When you’re young, according to the song lyrics, it doesn’t really matter that you don’t eat, or if you never sleep. Not mentioned in the song is the truth that it’s only when you start feeling sick that the jig is up, that indeed there are ailments you can suffer. Here are some:
Sometimes, you may forget to maintain a balanced diet. You eat a lot of junk food instead of fruits and vegetables, or those low in fat and lean in proteins. The lack of a balanced diet combined with heavy drinking can lead to inflammation of the liver, your body’s largest internal organ.
Various stomach disorders
Everything from gas to constipation to abdominal pain can be blamed yet again to what we eat: food that is not properly absorbed in the stomach. Turn to fiber-rich food and drink plenty of water for a change, rather than immoderate amounts of alcohol. Make it a point to get some exercise as well.
If you’re overweight, exercise—or be vulnerable to many diseases. When we reach middle age, our metabolism slows down. When that rate drops, all the fat that remains would spread inside the body: restricting the vessels of the heart, or smothering intestines, opening you to the risk of many heart diseases. Diabetes is another probability for people who are already overweight.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Obesity and diabetes can also lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, although it is more often known to originate from repetitive typing. The symptoms are feelings of burning and itching in the fingers. The worst-case scenario is losing feeling in the fingers, or coordination, such as being unable to use your thumb to pinch. If you start to feel weakness in your hand, consult your doctor immediately.
Having a good job does not entail that you let your guard down, and start engaging in risky sexual behavior. A study done by the University of the Philippines (UP) Population Institute in 2010 revealed that, in a span of 12 months, nearly one-third of male call center agents had casual sex—regardless of gender. Only one in nine female call center agents feel that they are at risk of HIV infection.