Dr. MJ Bazos MD, Patient Handout
Teenagers: How to Stay Healthy
Will the habits I have now really make a difference when I'm older?
Yes, 65% of all deaths in adults are caused by heart disease, cancer and stroke. Many of the behaviors that cause these conditions begin at a young age. For example, if you use tobacco as a teenager, you're more likely to get heart disease, cancer or stroke when you're an adult.
What can I do now to keep myself healthy?
What is preventive care?
For teenagers, preventive care may include the following things:
At my age, what should I especially be concerned about?
Nearly 3 out of 4 deaths among teenagers and young adults are caused by 4 things: car accidents, unintentional physical injury, homicide and suicide. Cancer and heart disease can also affect you at this age. Unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV and AIDS) also cause you social and personal problems, in addition to harming your health.
Do young men have different health risks than young women?
Yes. Young men don't wear seat belts as often as young women do. They're also more likely to carry weapons, to get into physical fights, to use smokeless tobacco or marijuana, to drink alcohol heavily, and to have more sexual partners. On the other hand, young women have some special risks. They try to commit suicide more often and use unhealthy weight-loss methods more often than young men.
Should I talk to my doctor if I'm worried about my health or my body?
Yes. It's important to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your health or your body. Your doctor is there to help you.