Why Our Health Matters in Our Twenties

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As young adults in our teens and twenties, we live our lives like immortal beings. Let's face it: We love eat, drink, and party. It's an admirable trait that our parents and older adults may find idiotic and sometimes inspiring. But in all seriousness, our health is what we have at the end of the day. No matter how many hard days you've had at school or work, the thankless trivial pursuits of dating, or your seemingly endless quest to "find yourself," your health is something you'll always have. And, the risks of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are not to be taken lightly. So let's live in the moment and start putting our health first and educating ourselves about what we can to do improve our lifestyles now. Greatist.com, a health and wellness site for the young, savvy, and social, put together a list of "13 Health Stats Every Twenty-Something Should Know." The list may seem like no-brainers, but a lot of the stats mentioned are things we don't pay attention to every day. It includes enjoying alcohol consumption in moderation, getting seven to nine hours of sleep, sticking to a daily salt intake of one teaspoon, keeping your blood sugar levels between 70 and 100 mg/dL, and eating two to three cups of veggies and fruits every day. It's the little things we do to improve our health that make a big difference in our lives in the long-term. After all, we only live once, right?