Taking care of your health in your 20s

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This week on Good Day we take a look at your health decade by decade.   Research shows the chances of developing diabetes, some cancers and alcoholism are drastically cut if you develop a healthy lifestyle in your twenties.   This is a decade where you have a little more wisdom, more independence and generally, the good health and energy to enjoy it all.  Even though your medicine cabinet may have more cosmetics than prescription bottles, doctors say  good health is nothing to take for granted.   Dr. Tracy Lippard of Kaiser Permanente says, “in your 20's the most important thing is to really develop healthy habits ….and that includes regular exercise, healthy food choices  avoiding smoking,  wearing sunscreen in sunny Colorado and  not texting and driving.”

Mental health is important as well.  Graduating and heading out into the word is exciting, but reports show stress over getting a job and the desire to make a good salary right away can actually cause digestive problems and depression.  Health experts encourage anyone dealing with stress to get counseling right away if they need it.  Annual health screenings are very important in your twenties in order to provide baseline information so doctors can do comparisons in the future, and spot any developing health problems.