medicine fights disease instead of preventing it
Our medical system is flooded with disease and patients asking for a magic pill and elective surgeries. Look on the news, and you’ll find everyone is pointing fingers, but it boils down to our society, and lifestyles of this country.
Why do we view our medical system as a solution to a problem?
Why can’t we take care of our bodies and prevent disease? It’s much less painful, cheaper, less painful if we all did, wouldn’t the medical field have more time for cures?
Obesity is a considerable health threat, more serious even than the opioid epidemic. It is linked to chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Obesity accounts for 18 percent of deaths among Americans ages 40 to 85.
What’s alarming is despite the thriving U.S. weight-loss market (worth $66 billion in 2017), there is no evidence that diet-related programs will curb obesity. Many studies indicate that diets are not effective in controlling or reversing weight gain. Fifty percent of dieters weighed more than 11 pounds over their starting weight five years after their diet, according to just one study. This is proof a lifestyle is necessary. Losing weight is much more complicated than calorie restriction. There’s a more significant mental piece that must be addressed, along with habits, rituals, and the environment.
So to improve our medical system, we need to educate ourselves, get support, accountability, maintain a healthy BMI, create and stick to good habits, that simple (or is it?). Here’s where a health coach fits in. Coaches are your guide and cheerleader between appointments. Someone to nudge you forward 1% each day, to improve your health and life. Let’s create a plan, work on any challenges you have, and overcome them. Slowly implement a new lifestyle, one day at a time.
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