Strokes increasing in young adults.
If you think strokes are only for the elderly, think again! Researchers have observed that first stroke among patients 20-54 has increased from 12.9% to 18.6% in a decade (P = .002). Although this is an observational study from data in Ohio and Kentucky, it suggests that the younger population is experiencing higher rates. Stroke risk factors include hypertension, diabetes, CHD, and smoking. Each of those factors can largely be controlled by personal lifestyle choices.
PositiveTip: Don't wait until a stroke strikes. Begin making healthy choices today.
Alcohol use contributes to the top three causes of death in 12-20 year olds.
Drinking alcohol contributes to the three leading causes of death among persons aged 12–20 years: unintentional injury, homicide and suicide.
PositiveTip: Avoid all alcoholic beverages, they adversely affect mental reasoning, a root cause of these three causes of death.
Mixing alcohol and energy drinks increases binge drinking, sexual indiscretion and drunk driving.
The common practice among youth and young adults of mixing energy drinks with alcoholic beverages increases the risk of binge drinking by 300 per cent. It also doubles the risk of being taken advantage of sexually, of taking sexual advantage of someone else, and doubles the likelihood of riding with a driver under the influence.
PositiveTip: Choose alternative non-alcoholic drinks over alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. They don’t carry these dangerous risks!
Inadequate sleep has serious risks for teens and young adults.
Teens and young adults who don't get adequate sleep are at higher risk for automobile crashes, poor grades and performance in school, depressed moods, and problems with peer and adult relationships.
PositiveTip: Take sleep seriously, set regular times for going to sleep and waking up, and get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.