Four Unlikely Diseases That Strike Young People

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As much as those in their 20s and 30s would like to believe they’re invincible, they really aren’t. Thanks to less active lifestyles, poor diets, and an increase in early detection, there are several diseases that used to only be common in those later in life that are affecting young people today. The following are the top four, as well as tips for avoiding these health issues:

1. Melanoma: You can get diagnosed as early as your late teens with this type of skin cancer, while a few decades ago it was rare to receive a diagnosis before 50 years of age. Keeping out of tanning salons and always using at least SPF 30 are the best ways to prevent this. There is also encouraging evidence that daily vitamin D supplementation can help support healthy skin.

2. Stroke: Now striking those as young as 20, the best way to avoid a stroke is to get regular cardio (at least 30 minutes a day) and to stop smoking immediately as smoking can double your chance of stroke. Possible contributing health challenges such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol should also be treated early and controlled.

3. Breast Cancer: Despite awareness, this life-changing disease is hitting people who still aren’t old enough to vote. Outside of genetics, regular exercise, low to moderate alcohol consumption, and annual screenings can help to prevent breast cancer or detect it early.

4. Type 2 Diabetes: With the obesity epidemic has come childhood diabetes, a disease that used to only strike those middle aged or older. Eating healthy, whole foods and regularly engaging in physical activity are the best ways to both prevent and treat this condition.