5 Health issues that you need to pay attention during the holidays

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5 Health issues that you need to pay attention during the holidays

21
Dec,2015

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Holidays are the most beautiful days of the year. This is when we get to spend some memorable time with our friends and families, celebrate, and thank God for everything we have.

However, besides all the fun, we should also ponder over few issues and take caution. During the holiday season we become vulnerable ill health due to a number of reasons. Here are some of the biggest health issues that pop up during the holidays.

1) Overeating and weight gain: When you have tons of leftover food during the holidays, self-control is just a word and you run the risk of overeating and gaining weight.

Overeating and gaining weight makes us uncomfortable. Our stomach has the potential to expand to the volume of one liter. When we eat too much, the stomach stretches to its limit, which squeezes the organ against others. The stomach and intestines also get filled with gas, which again makes us feel uncomfortable.

Overeating makes us gain huge calories, which in a way makes us obese. Obesity is deadly and brings diseases like high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer.

2) Consuming too much alcohol: It’s needless to say that over the holidays people consume too much alcohol compared to the other days of the year. It’s just because of the abundance of parties and get together that they encounter during the holidays. Alcohol is often used by people to have some fun, let loose, and cope with stress. If the reason is the latter one, be careful as it can make you depressed, lose sleep, and gain weight. As per a study, about 40% of the mass cites the holidays as an excuse to consume.

3) Too much stress: According to a study, 7 out of 10 people feel stressed and overwhelmed during the holidays. It could be due to the expenditures from hosting holiday parties, buying gifts, being alone, remembering great old days, family tensions, etc. Stress is natural. The important thing is how you manage to cope with it.

4) Accidents: According to an estimation, about 15,000 accidents occur due to the holidays. At least, 12,000 people end up in the emergency room due to holiday-related accidents, and more than 5,000 people are injured during decorations. Car accidents due to bad weather and falling off ladders or roofs while decorating are common examples of holiday accidents.

5) Scarcity of sleep: It’s obvious that there will be less sleep during the holidays. The reason being too much going on – shopping, partying, completing the deadlines at office before the vacation embarks, or possibly due to jet lag. Sleep is necessary for the human body to function properly. Lack of sleep can reduce your immunity, increase stress levels, help gain weight, increase depression, and certainly cause more accidents.

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