It is important to incorporate variety into our diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, and lean meats and fish provide nutrients to our body. A diet that is high in fat and calories can contribute to high cholesterol and clogged arteries. Genetics may also play a part. Those who have a family history of it have an increased chance of developing it later in life so it is important to be monitored by your doctor. High cholesterol itself does not present signs or symptoms so often times it goes unnoticed and isn’t diagnosed until after a heart attack or stroke.
Limiting saturated fat in your diet plays a crucial part in lowering your chance of heart disease. Saturated fat, the bad kind, is found in butter, whole milk, cheese, and fatty meat. This type of fat increases cholesterol buildup in the arteries causing them to become clogged or blocked. When this happens, the heart must work harder to push blood through the vessels leading to your heart. High blood pressure follows, creating its’ own set of health problems. Fast food can contribute to these conditions. Not only is it high in calories and sodium, it is high in saturated fat and has very little nutritional value. Limiting the amount of …show more content…
Poor eating habits don’t just affect our cardiovascular system. It has a negative effect on our immune system. The immune system helps our body fight off infection and illness. A weakened or compromised immune system makes a body more vulnerable to sickness. A simple cold in a person with a healthy immune system may turn into the flu for someone whose system is compromised. Excessive fat, alcohol, sugar, inadequate calorie and protein intake are factors that decrease the function of our immune system.
Another complication that can result from an improper diet is diabetes. While poor eating habits do not directly cause diabetes, it can certainly be a factor. Junk food is one culprit. Gas stations, grocery check-out lines, vending machines, airports, and movie theatres are stocked with high fat, sugary snacks. There are more junk food options than healthy snacks available in these places. Most have a small selection, if any at all, for fruit, nuts, and protein bars. A diet high in fat, sugar and calories contributes to obesity and obesity is the top risk factor for the development of diabetes. Junk food is high in calories and highly processed and offers no