Each year, millions of people die preventable deaths. A study showed that about half of all deaths in the United States in 2000 were due to preventable behaviours and exposures. Leading causes included cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, unintentional injuries, diabetes, and certain infectious diseases. Preventive healthcare is especially important given the worldwide rise in prevalence of chronic diseases and deaths from these diseases.
Preventive health is the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move towards a state of optimal health. The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true when applied to health care. Preventing disease before it starts is critical to helping people live longer, healthier lives and keeping health care costs down. Preventive services can also help those with early stages of disease keep from getting sicker. Preventive healthcare consists of measures taken for disease prevention, as opposed to disease treatment. There are many methods to prevention of disease. It is recommended that adults and children aim to visit their doctor for regular check-ups, even if they feel healthy, to perform disease screening, identify risk factors for disease, discuss tips for a healthy and balanced lifestyle, stay up to date with immunizations and boosters, and maintain a good relationship with a healthcare provider.
Even if one is in the best shape of life, a serious condition with no signs or symptoms may be lurking inside the body. X-rays, blood tests and other routine screenings are among the only ways to detect the early warning signs. These life saving preventative measures are neither expensive nor physically taxing. SPS Apollo Hospital has been a pioneer in the area of preventive health care and preventive checks in the region. With vast experience in the area of preventive health care, a range of tailor-made packages have been developed to cater to the needs of a wide cross section of individuals.
Courtesy : Urban Melange (A Magazine)
Written By : Dr. Gautam Aggarwal
Senior Consultant Internal Medicine
SPS Aollo, Ludhiana, Punjab, INDIA