In the bygone era, there was a pronounced sense of complacency as far as age related diseases were concerned. To many, death was seen as a just and a natural phenomenon where man has no control. Today men and women are beginning to understand that age should not be a deterrent in terms of enjoying a healthy and full life. However, paradoxically today diseases and ailments are much more common than ever before.
People are beginning to believe that headache, nausea, fatigue, stomach-ache are a part and parcel of life and often discount the need to take these health irritants seriously. Consequently often these simple things translate to bigger health issues. Given this backdrop the subject of preventive healthcare becomes very relevant.
Preventive healthcare is often confused with popping pills. According to people who deal with medical drugs and the pharmaceutical industry since the average youth in a developed or developing country has no major constraints with money, he or she prefers to treat minor health issues by buying self-prescribed over the counter medicines. These medicines ultimately manifest into serious health hazards, particularly after 65. Also there have been an overwhelming number of instances where such people had become immune to medication (owing to prolonged periods of overuse) at the time of an actual acute medical emergency.
We as a human race need to gradually but consciously refrain from systems that cause pollution and toxicity in the environmentThe easiest way to adapt to a healthy life is by adopting a healthy lifestyle replete with a proper diet and exercise. We need to take precautions and preventions to avoid any possible tragedies in life. The thumb rule is to never take any accident or ailment too casually. Because sometimes a small cut or wound in the leg may lead to an amputated leg. The adage - A stitch in time saves nine encapsulates the essence of preventive healthcare.
Education helps everywhere and healthcare is no exception. It is advisable and recommended that people educate themselves on how best they can ward off diseases. Adopting a lifestyle that is in sync with the natural environment is a great first step. We as a human race need to gradually but consciously refrain from systems that cause pollution and toxicity in the environment. After all the ongoing pandemic at many levels is a reiteration of the fact that we need to be in sync with the floral and faunal ecosystem.
Therefore preventive healthcare is not just about our individual bodies. It is also about healthy and conscious social and community behaviour.