Guest post: Being a Healthy Veteran

I was contacted by a lovely lady named Emily Walsh about her guest posting on the blog and since I pretty much can never say no to a guest post, I agreed. Emily is the community outreach director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and has a great message to share:

How to Lose Weight and Be a Healthier Veteran

Many veterans who have served in the military forget about how important their health is after coming out of service. They may become very sedentary or consume the same amount of calories they did when they were excessively working out, except for the fact that they aren't working out as much. Type two diabetes is an incredibly common problem that veterans young and old are having to deal with. While it is true that mesothelioma and PTSD are also just as common, weight gain and type two diabetes is one of the most common conditions that veterans are now facing.

One of the major causes for veteran weight gain and the onset of type two diabetes is because of the two varied lifestyles the veteran has had to live. In the military, the servicemen or women are incredibly active. They may workout for hours a day and eat a ton of food just to fuel their busy lifestyles. Once out of the military, the man or woman often becomes sedentary while adjusting to civilian life. They may not workout as much or at all but they might still be eating the same as they did while in the military. These two varied lifestyles create a recipe for weight gain and eventual type two diabetes.

Being overweight is unhealthy and can lead to more than just the onset of diabetes. People who are overweight tend to be depressed, have sleeping disorders that result in the need for breathing machines and have an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Losing weight can reverse many of these problems and prevent new ones from happening. This is why you should definitely consider losing weight in order to be a healthier and happier individual. There are a few ways that you can lose weight that does not rely on surgeries or pills.

Just making small adjustments to your diet will help tremendously when it comes to losing weight. Another thing is to change your sedentary lifestyle into something a little more active. While it's true that you'll probably never workout as much as you did while in the military, just exercising for a half hour a day will provide you with enough physical activity to promote weight loss. You should make sure to speak with a doctor before you start a workout regimen or make changes to the way that you eat each day.

Being healthier is more than just looking good and taking daily multivitamins. You need to actually make drastic changes to your lifestyle in order to be healthier inside and out. By watching what you eat and how much you eat, you can promote weight loss. Exercise will also help you to lose weight and will also tone your body as you continue to lose weight and get rid of excess fat on the body. You will love the opportunities that open when you make the decision to lose weight and become a healthier and more fulfilled veteran.

If you are interested in learning more or reading more of what Emily has to say, here is her blog: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/emily/


KrippledWarrior said...

then there's the guy who still runs 5 miles a day, goes to the gym 3 times a week, watches what he eats and gets leukemia from chemicals he was exposed to while in the Navy and damn near dies. You just never know sometimes huh doll?

Brittany Sommer said...

I totally agree. It can go either way. I do feel like its important to take care of yourself though!