#Health: 5 HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE MODERN SOCIETY  || Modern society is quite different from the world we have adapted to live in and with the speed it continues to develop, people are finding themselves lost to the new rules of life. Our lives in this society have challenges unique to this modern age and people’s difficulties adjusting are evident in their health problems. Some of the biggest health problems today were unheard of just a few decades ago. Take a look at the list below and see what you can do for your health benefit.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Changes in the job market mean most of us are spending more and more time in front of a computer screen and that comes with a great cost. Computer Vision Syndrome is also called occupational asthenopia and it is a range of eye and vision problems stemming from frequent computer use. The symptoms include headaches, dry, red, or burning eyes, blurred or double vision, trouble focusing, difficulty distinguishing colors, sensitivity to light, and even pain in the neck or back.

To prevent your computer negatively affecting your vision you should make sure your monitor is positioned correctly, that the room you’re working in is well lit, and make breaks from staring at the monitor at regular intervals. Every 20 to 30 minutes look away from your screen and focus your eye on something in the distance.

Hearing loss

One of the great advancements of the modern age is the invention and development of personal portable sound systems. Today we can have our music with us whenever and wherever. We never have to be bored, and we never have to worry about those pesky people trying to start a conversation with us. Ear buds are always there for us. However, they are not necessarily good for our health too. Hearing loss due to the use of ear buds is becoming a big problem.

If you’re as in love with your music as I am, here are a few tips that might save your hearing. The 60/60 rule refers to keeping the volume below 60% and limiting listening to under 60 minutes per day. It’s easy but effective so think about the next time you reach for your ear buds.

Mental health issues

Mental health issues are still considered a taboo. There’s not enough information about it and it can be very hard to recognize you have a problem and know where to seek help. The modern society is changing but, in some cases, not fast enough. The number of people dealing with mental health issues is increasing, with depression being the most common problem. It might seem like a thing we should be able to overcome by ourselves but mental health issues are serious and they require the help of a professional to deal with.

If you are facing a problem you feel overwhelmed by, and you can’t find the strength and resources to deal with it on your own, you should go to a professional. Psychodynamic therapy for depression is showing great results in practice and you shouldn’t wait for the problem to escalate to find the help you need.

Diabetes

People suffering from diabetes can’t maintain normal blood glucose levels. Symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. This might not seem serious but the consequences of the disease definitely are. It can lead to blindness, kidney failure, lower limb amputation, heart attack and stroke.

Similarly to coronary heart disease to prevent diabetes you should take care of your eating habits, quit smoking, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy body weight.

Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease is a health problem where plaque builds up in the blood vessels and blocks the blood flow to the heart, brain or legs. Blocked blood flow can lead to angina, heart attack, heart failure, and arrhythmia. Plaque buildup can happen due to a bad diet, smoking, lack of exercise, and stress. The lives we lead today, unfortunately, bring a lot of sedentary activities to our daily routine, so it’s important to take note of our habits and try to do as much as we can to change them in a positive way.

 

Illustration/cover image by John Holcroft // Pictures via Unsplash

Contributor Beauty and fashion writer for HighStyleLife from Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for many fashion events in Brisbane.