The World Health Organization estimates that about 70% of deaths globally every year are due to non-communicable diseases. These include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory problems, and high blood pressure. You are at a higher risk of those diseases if you do not eat healthy food, are not physically active, drink heavily, and smoke. For that reason, there has been a tremendous effort to push for Bastrop preventive health. Preventative care is a health approach that involves ensuring mental and physical fitness, eating a balanced and healthy diet, and regularly going for counseling and health examinations by your doctor.
Below are a few benefits of choosing and observing preventative health care.
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Enables early detection of illnesses
Early diagnosis of a health issue enables its prevention or better management. Generally, you have a slight chance of curing or better managing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer, stroke, and diseases affecting the respiration system if there is no early detection.
For instance, chronic cancer may come from genetic issues or smoking. But, stroke and poor heart health often emanate from poor diet and being overweight.
Can save you from costly treatment and management
Often if there is early catching of your disease before it becomes severe, in the long-term, there will be no need to spend on treating and managing it. Additionally, since an illness has not become chronic and has no complications, it becomes easy and affordable to treat.
Furthermore, because preventive care demands you insure your health, even if you have a disease, your coverage can cater to the costs of treatment or management. Most health policies cover health checks for free or at an affordable price.
Better management of symptoms
It is challenging to avoid a non-communicable illness, primarily because of poor lifestyle choices and genetics. Therefore, undergo regular screening to allow early disease identification for better management of signs and symptoms. If symptoms are better managed, that protects you against potentially fatal complications that take a toll on your body.
Managing the symptoms of high blood pressure may involve:
● Maintaining a healthy weight,
● Reducing salt intake,
● Avoiding excessive alcohol,
● Reducing stress,
● Sleeping for the recommended seven-plus hours
Increases your lifespan
According to the CDC, saving more than 100,000 lives of Americans every year is possible with the adoption of preventive health care. For example, clinical studies show that more than 85% of people diagnosed early with colon cancer can live a minimum of five years more.
Improves your productivity
When you go for early preventive health checks or screenings, treatment can start early to slow the growth and symptoms of a disease. Since signs and the pain are not debilitating, your ability to remain productive is not highly affected. Moreover, the little or no cost of health care does not put a dent in your savings.
If you are dealing with a chronic illness, you will spend more on treatment or medication while having physical and mental challenges to remain productive.
Contact Pompeyo Chavez, MD, today to safeguard your long-term wellness through a preventive health care plan.