Given the availability of valuable nutritional resources and instructions in Islam to prevent and combat nutrition-related diseases, these theories can be applied and prevent from spreading and creating malnutrition-related diseases; the guidelines of Islam on healthy lifestyles in nutrition can be recommended to the world as a basic strategy.
Regarding the impact of lifestyle on the burden of diseases, it has been well recognized that more than 5% of the causes of death is related to lifestyle. Many health problems, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and many types of cancer are associated with lifestyle changes, especially in developing countries and westernization of communities.
From the perspective of the Holy Qur’an, food is a means of experimentation, a factor for thought, reasoning, gratitude, reverence, oath and healing, and human dignity. Some researchers stated that food and nutrition are directly related to health, and have esoteric and spiritual implications in the field of ethics and human behavior education. Other studies have also stated that people’s lifestyles (sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, unhealthy diet) are among significant health problems and they necessitate continuous intervention programs to change individual behaviors and lifestyles. Healthy eating means having a healthy and complete diet that is high in vitamins, vegetables and fruits, as well as getting enough nutrients from foods such as meat, milk, cereals and beans. It enhances the strength of the human immune system and brings vitality and freshness to the skin as well.
A look at Iranian past and present lifestyles reveals dramatically changes in eating habits and life style factors that not only lead to many chronic diseases and cancers, but also make the body susceptible to other diseases. High-fat, high-calorie and high-protein intake, low fruit consumption, low consumption of cooked vegetables, long-term cooking of foods and loss of minerals and vitamins in foods, long-term storage of vegetables in the freezer, use of smoked and grilled foods, increased consumption of canned foods and repeated use of oils, over-consumption of red meat, over-use of fried foods, consumption of hot tea and other nutritional habits of Iranians lead to the increase of gastrointestinal cancers in recent years. The role of incidence is becoming increasingly apparent nowadays, as more than 5% of cancer risk factors in developing countries is related to people’s lifestyles.
The World Health Organization has put the issue of using religious doctrines to improve the lifestyles of various communities, especially Muslim countries. The organization has proposed programs to reduce the risk factors of chronic obesity, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis and cancer. They emphasized to modify lifestyle based on religious teachings and to plan, design, and implement responsibility in Islamic countries. There have been limited studies on the effects of religious doctrines on various aspects of lifestyle in the world, but in our country, so far no comprehensive study has been conducted covering all aspects of Islamic lifestyle. This study aimed to evaluate different roles of Islamic lifestyle based on recommendations of Islam and the Holy Quran. Regarding the importance of lifestyle changes, especially in nutritional habits, and relying to enhance life morally and spiritually, this study aimed to investigate Islamic lifestyle in nutritional dimension too.
Title: The Role of Islamic Lifestyle and Healthy Nutrition in accordance with the Recommendations of Islam and the Holly Quran by Focusing on the Risk of Cancer Incident
Author(s): Pooneh Jabbaripour, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Ali Roshani and Roya Dolatkhah
Published in: Journal of Community Medicine and Health Solutions
Length: 10 page