Health Tips For Busy Parents

Many parents end up in a busy living situation they never expected, which is only natural when you have children. For the most part this is usually a great thing, but there are some risks involved when you end up spending almost all of your free time putting your kids first. It’s never a good idea to compromise on your own health, but lots of parents end up feeling that they have no choice but to do so.

Here are a few common ways that parents (especially those bringing up children on their own) could really benefit their own health.

Cut down on drinking

For a majority of people, consuming alcohol is a convenient method for managing stress on a short term basis, as well as being something that they enjoy during their limited downtime. Some guidelines allow adults to drink up to two standard alcoholic drinks on five days per week, although a common problem is knowing how much alcohol this actually refers to. Most people tend to over-estimate what counts as one drink (a typical wine glass technically holds up to three or four times as much as “one glass of wine” in scientific terms), so it’s easy to overdo it.

Of course, there are many health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption and the long-term effects on stress levels are usually worse than the impact of giving up or cutting down.

Make time to eat healthily

Children can be more flexible with what they eat in some cases, but it’s expected that adults know better. Unfortunately, temptation makes everything more difficult, and parents tend to have a lot of this around in the form of sugary, fatty and otherwise unhealthy snacks. Maintaining a healthy diet for yourself is extremely important regardless of what your family eats, so look into time-saving snacks and recipes that won’t negatively impact your health or your schedule.

Relax to reduce stress

It can seem counter-intuitive to make time for yourself to relax and do nothing when the source of your stress is not having enough hours in the day. However, it’s highly recommended so that you can clear your head and maintain a healthy balance both physically and mentally. Not getting enough sleep is common for parents, especially those with young children, but this is a dangerous risk as it can negatively affect many aspects of your overall well-being.

Tired and stressed-out parents tend to rely more on sugar and caffeine to get through the day, which continues to have a knock-on effect. Weight gain and decreased mental stability are common side effects of this strategy, so try to improve your sleeping pattern if this sounds like something you’re experiencing.

Are New Cancer Treatments Coming Fast Enough?

The World Healthy Organization (WHO) recently stated on its website that approximately 8.8 million people die from cancer every year, according to up-to-date research. The announcement came on World Cancer Day (February 4th) and serves as a stark reminder of the seriousness of this disease, and the impact it is still having all over the world.

WHO also highlighted the fact that the majority of these deaths took place in relatively poorer countries, which is further proof that access to adequate healthcare goes a long way when it comes to the treatment of cancer. Early diagnosis is accepted as by far the most effective method for dealing with the disease and minimising the risk of it becoming terminal.

Most forms of cancer are treatable and curable in the early stages. Guidelines are provided by WHO for health providers around the world in an effort to improve cancer diagnosis rates at this critical stage and to help deliver the appropriate treatments. Taking action early dramatically improves life expectancy and is also less expensive in the long run, meaning more funds are available to help people with more severe and life-threatening forms of cancer.

Collectively, we are always making progress in this field and treatments are always becoming more advanced. At the moment, several potential breakthroughs are still on the horizon but not quite within reach, so it is difficult to predict what will happen to the worldwide mortality rate for cancer over the coming years and decades.

What we do know is that a number of new methods are currently being trialled. For example, immunotherapy has been an area that many leading researchers have been focusing on for some time. In 2016, genetically engineered white blood cells helped a number of patients recover from terminal leukaemia, having been given only weeks to live before the experimental treatment. However, some patients suffered severe side effects and there were two deaths as a result of the procedure, meaning a mainstream application of this concept is still not likely for some time.