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I wish I'd known...

Hi all! I'm in my early 20s and I'm starting to get serious about taking care of myself long-term. My mom is always going on about things she wishes she had known when she was my age, and I was hoping y'all might have some good advice.

I'm specifically interested in things related to my health, but any other insights are welcome.

Thu. Aug 3, 11:25am

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i wish i had paid more attention to the adage "you are what you eat". all of the deli-meats and processed foods i ate in college, all of the alcohol, the deep-fried late night snacks, these may not show up on your physique right away, but do not be fooled!! there are artery-clogging fats, there are many impurities for your organs to filter out, there are hidden costs to enjoying these "foods" as much as i did in my early twenties.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:35 AM

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I wish I'd known about the impact of birth control on bone density (long term use) and consumed more calcium in my teens and twenties. Now I'm at an age where I begin to lose and I wish I had been more mindful.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:43 AM

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I wish I had applied sunscreen more regularly to prevent aged skin and reduce my risk for skin cancer.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:47 AM

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The more active you are through your childhood, teens and early 20s, the easier it will be throughout your life to get back into shape after slacking off. That "muscle has memory" concept is so true...even 40-year-olds who haven't worked out since college still have the build of a football player or swimmer or whatever they did back then, and can get it back way easier than those of us who, uh, played chess or whatever.

And do your lifetime finances a favor by cutting back to a single credit card with a self-imposed limit around $5K. Yes, there are physical health implications to this - from avoiding joint surgery because you can't cover your bills during recovery, to burying your concerns with cheesecake.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 12:36 PM

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Few questions for some of the above posters.

What do processed meats do to you and do they include deli meats that they cut straight off the bone?

What type of birth control causes bone density issues? The pill or depo or all? Will having more dairy in your diet help you now, for the future?

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 2:17 PM

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