prevention better than care

Prevention is better than cure

Good health is vital for everyone. However, there are times when people get sick, whether it is mild or severe. Prevention is far better than trying to cure problems, because it saves people from undergoing what can sometimes be described as intolerable suffering.

In a U.S. study, over 31,000 adults with end stage damage or cardiovascular disease were questioned about their eating habits; specifically how often they consumed fruit, fish, poultry, meat, vegetables, grains and milk in the previous 12 months. Questions also covered lifestyle choices such as exercise, smoking and drinking.

This group was followed up five years later, and no less than 5,190 people had suffered from one or more cardiovascular problems in that time. The study also showed that the people who stuck to a healthy heart diet had risk reductions in the following areas:
– 35% decreased risk of cardiovascular fatalities.
– 28% decreased risk of congestive heart failure.
– 19% decreased risk of stroke.
– 14% decreased risk of first heart attacks.

The study also recommended that doctors should advise patients in the high-risk category to improve their eating habits, because this can radically decrease the risks of future cardiovascular problems. In other words, if you take action now, you will be able to prevent potential future health complications.

The study showed clearly that a diet with a higher fish to meat ratio and plenty of fruit and vegetables was able to prevent several cardiovascular problems. Although life varies depending on the country you live in, after conferring with studies in other countries, the unanimous conclusion was that these same healthy eating choices would help prevent many health related problems in every country.

Harvard Medical School has been very proactive in this field, writing numerous reports that teach people how to deal with health issues before they get too serious. The preventative measures covered include: how to prevent heart disease, how to control stress, blood pressure and cholesterol.

They also cover issues such as healthy eating, how to live with chronic ailments such as diabetes, migraines, asthma and lung diseases. Quality of life issues include: depression, stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and many other facets of health.

The idea behind publishing this information is to help teach people how to take better care of their health and take preventative action if something is wrong, instead of ignoring ailments until it is too late to treat them.

You are the only person who knows how you feel. Only you can tell your doctor if you feel something is wrong. If you can do so early enough to prevent serious medical problems from happening, don’t delay.

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