In the late teens/early twenties adulthood begins. But adult life is the tail end of higher education and all those years that we are in a job situation and perhaps even into early retirement. People in this age group have often found a life partner. Most engage in heterosexual relationships and some in same-sex unions.
It is still important to be aware of the difficulties that can be present in adulthood. Even if there are no health problems, stress levels need to be kept in check (yoga, self-hypnosis). Work situations can contribute to stress. Even “good” stress like a marriage, a move into a new home or a new baby will increase the stress load. An overload of activities, a sessile life style, and lengthy commutes often make it difficult to pay attention to fitness, to maintaining muscle strength and to prevent obesity. Physical fitness will keep arthritis away. Aside from all of that it is essential to use some common sense regarding good nutrition. In days when time seems to be in short supply, convenience food have marched into the forefront, unfortunately with inconvenient results: drive-in and restaurant meals are usually high in fat, high in salt, high in additives and at the bottom-rung of nutrition. I have spent considerable time reviewing the literature and came to the conclusion that organic food is the healthiest way to eat in order to keep toxins away from you. I summarized all of this in the links (food intake, carbs, fat, protein, eating out) associated with this summary. By avoiding too many carbs and sugar in general you can prevent hardening of the arteries, heart attacks and strokes, arthritis and cancer. Add vitamins and minerals and you live several years longer. The same is true as well when you exercise regularly. You will be amazed how easy it is to keep your weight down below a BMI of 25.0, or better yet between 21 and 22. In my book entitled “A Survivor’s Guide to Successful Aging” I have explained all of these points mentioned above in more detail. It would be better than money in the bank, if you were to follow each of those points. Be pro-active in your health care!