Although most illnesses start to appear when a person is approaching middle age, the risk factors that determine just when or what type are basically related to the habits and behaviour that we adopt or learn from childhood and continue on through to when we are adults.

As time goes on, the risks are there earlier; for example, in certain countries, diabetes type 2 – which was previously very rare in children – is increasing among adolescents. Regular physical activity in children and adolescents is decreasing, especially in adolescents. For this reason, more and more people are becoming obese and suffering from more health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle and obesity.

The ageing of the population is an unavoidable fact in certain areas of the world, along with a longer life expectancy, plus an increase in heart disease, respiratory illnesses and cancer, among others.

 The more we do during middle age, the better prepared we are for the future

The musician and compositor Eubie Blake, famously said at 99 and just before dying:

 If I’d have known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself

Eubie Blake

The best advice is to begin planning your health with the future in mind, have a regular, personalised check-up and start to change any habits that could prove detrimental to your health.

Health tourism can offer you a unique opportunity to leisurely have that check-up finally carried out and establish your health plan which will lead to a healthier and, ultimately, happier lifestyle.