Lagos- A medical practitioner, Jimmy Arigbabuwo says its is imperative for those aged 40 and above to regularly engage in physical exercises.
Arigbabuwo told journalists at the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Week on Thursday that regular exercises and check-ups would help them to ascertain their health status.
He said such effort would help to them to detect and guard against ailments that could easily be attended to, before they become malignant.
“Once you are 40-year-old and above, it is advisable to go for routine medical checks that will include chest X ray amongst other parameters.
“At this stage in life cholesterol load and bad lipids are very dangerous to the health while the blood and sugar level should be constantly checked.
“Failure to go for regular health checks or screening could lead to irreversible state of health,‘’ he cautioned.
He added that regular exercises could help to boost individual immune system for proper health condition as well as reduce the risk of contracting cancer.
“A lack of exercise can cause waste accumulation, reduce immunity. When you don’t exercise, the lungs enough to bring in oxygen to all the tissues, the chances of contracting cancer will be high,’’ he said.
Arigbabuwo, who is also the Medical Director of Ibijola Hospital Group, also advocated for healthy eating habits as measures that should be adopted for healthy living.
He also advised against consumption of inner parts of meat, such as liver and intestines.
“Within 40 age bracket, one should curtail such social lifestyle as high consumption of alcohol, cigarettes and engaging in excess sex escapes,’’ he said.
Arigbabuwo, however, urged the journalist to take time off their busy schedules to rest and look after their health.
No fewer than 200 journalists, the National Sports Commission and athletes benefited from a free medical tests conducted by Ibijola Hospital Group. (NAN)