The saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true and can save you money and your life.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Disease rates from these conditions are accelerating globally, advancing across every region, and pervading all socio-economic classes, and by 2020 their contribution is expected to rise to 73% of all deaths and 60% of the global burden of disease.
According to an article by the Guardian modern medicine, through over prescription, represents a major threat to public health. Peter Gotzsche, co-founder of the reputed Cochrane Collaboration, estimates that prescribed medication is the third most common cause of death globally after heart disease and cancer.
Most chronic conditions are entirely preventable. But instead of addressing the root cause of these conditions through healthy lifestyle changes, we use drugs that will marginally give long-term benefits for individuals, most of whom will derive no health outcome improvement.
The reality is that lifestyle changes not only reduce the risk of future disease, their positive effects on quality of life happen within days to weeks. Of course, patients may need to use both, but what is important is that information is presented in a transparent way to encourage shared decision making.
Most types of medicine focus on treating an illness or injury, rather than keeping it from happening. But preventative medicine stops sickness before it starts. Most areas of medicine narrowly focus on a single age group, ailment, or body part. But preventative medicine does not have these boundaries, making it an extremely broad field.
The ideology behind preventative medicine focuses on protecting, promoting, and maintaining health and well-being. It also aims to avert disease, disability, and death on an individual basis, as well as on a large scale in communities and populations.
Chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, account for seven out of ten deaths. Therefore, healthy habits are critical, including eating well and exercising. These help individuals stay healthy, avoid disease, or minimize the effects of disease.
Practicing preventative medicine can also lower costs, as a high percentage of annual health spending goes toward chronic and largely preventable diseases. Preventative medicine also fights the productivity drain associated with chronic illness.
Avoid ultra-processed foods and eat homemade meals prepared with basic ingredients. These processed foods can cause chronic inflammation, a normal bodily process gone awry that can contribute to heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
Getting your cholesterol levels checked is an important part of staying healthy. High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Normal blood pressure is defined as blood pressure <120/80 mmHg. Having hypertension puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are one of the leading causes of death.
Taking 10,000 steps a days is a nice goal to start with and research has shown that when combined with other healthy behaviors, it can lead to a decrease in chronic illness like diabetes, metabolic syndromes and heart disease.
For good preventative health, cut back on soda, candy and sugary desserts, which can cause blood sugar to rise. If you have diabetes, this can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves over time.
Sleep restores us and has a huge effect on how we feel. If you have trouble sleeping, try to establish a sleep routine. A good sleep routine includes going to bed and waking up at the same time every day avoiding eating heavy meals and alcohol. It’s important to stop screen time from your devices 2 hours before bedtime, too.
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