Welcome to 2020!
Most systems of health care delivery cleary focus upon the need to react to a continual health crisis. When you exclude trauma and acute mental health issues, most of the cases that are treated in a hospital setting are related to the development of chronic disease.
If you “buy in” to the concept that most forms of chronic disease can be prevented or sustained, the possible solution to our collective health care crisis becomes much more evident.
MAYBE THE EMPHASIS SHOULD BE PLACED UPON PREVENTION!!!!
Here is an interesting thought for you to ponder in the early days of 2020.
Health care practices are at least 10 years behind current research findings, which serve to lead us all in the right direction for the most part!!
Here is a very brief review of the research in health prevention spanning over 3 decades.
Most of the chronic disease incidences that inflict the human population globally are caused from differering degress of lifestyle dynamics.
DO YOU FIND THIS SURPRISING?
It is my duty as a registered and licensed health care provider and doctor to represent the best interests of those who are under my care to the best of my ability. As principled and inherently ethical conceptually as this sounds…it also happens to be the law!
It is in this light, that I am going to share with you some very interesting, relevant and current research which will privide you with another clear example of how you choose to live, think and act.
Here we go.
As of January 2020, new research conducted by the Harvard School Of Public Health indicated that a healthy lifestyle followed throughout middle-age and beyond can increase the years lived without experiencing chronic disease as one ages.
The study indicated that those folks who were middle-aged and followed a healthier lifestyle which consisted of regular exercise, consuming a healthier diet, not drinking too much or often, not smoking and maintaining a normal body weight can sucessfully reduce the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
According to the authors of this study, “This study provides strong evidence that following a lifestyle can substantially extend the years a person lives disease-free.” In addition, this study which assessed the data from 73,196 women and 38,366 men over three decades also indicated that those who followed a healthier lifestyle also lived longer!
Oh…and the difference in disease-free years lived between those who followed the healthy lifestyle model compared with those who followed none of the healthy lifestye indicators was 10 YEARS!
Do know what the real, meaningful issues are here?
This message is not being given to people from health care providers, employers and community leaders who can change policy and really make a difference in the health of our very rapidly growing aging population.
The second issue is that people in general are disregarding this meaningful information in lieu of medications, Dr.’s visits, hospital visits, meaningless rationalizations, apathy and just plain laziness.
The third issue…there is no money in prevention!
True that…yes it’s hard work and effort to change your thinking, your behaviors and ultimately your life…but just look around you at the alternatives? Are you happy with what you are seeing?
Do you know the key to this whole deal?
Start practicing healthy lifestyle behaviors at an early age…this attitude, associated thinking and positive action will follow you throughout your entire lifetime and will serve you well…..EVERY TIME!
The Best To You In Health
The Vitality Project.
Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin