A Minute for Health

April 14, 2013 in Health & Lifestyle

BMI and HealthA big part of the upcoming changes to healthcare is understanding and practicing preventative health measures, in which we take a good look at ourselves and determine if we are destined to become a heavy user of the healthcare system based on lifestyle patterns. The problem at hand in implementing this though is that a majority of people seem unwilling to take action because either they believe they are not unhealthy or they can’t afford the tests to determine if they have any problems.

The truth is if you have access to the Internet or to a library, you already have some of the greatest prevention tools at your disposal. You’ve already been paying for them. It’s time to get using them.

Here is a  small reminder to get you researching what ailments you may be experiencing. This will all just take a short time. One key component in self-analysis comes from how heavy you are by virtue of the amount of body fat. This first component, body mass index, can be calculated here.

What did you come up with? Well, the higher the number, the more likely you may be experiencing or will  experience:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • coronary heart disease and stroke
  • metabolic syndrome
  • certain types of cancer
  • sleep apnea
  • osteoarthritis
  • gallbladder disease
  • fatty liver disease
  • pregnancy complications

Cutting down on body fat alone can greatly reduce the chances of developing these conditions, while also “curing” a number of very common and preventable issues. These are ones that are highly responsible for the constant increases in healthcare costs.

We  must consider that if you do fall within a normal range for the above conditions, the worries haven’t ended. You may be skinny but fat on the inside. How often do you tend to eat the “fun food” that many Americans cherish? If it’s even a few times a week, you may be heading down a slippery slope.

That above list now becomes more critical. What prevention steps can you take? It’s easy. Just like your larger counterparts, it’s about diet. Healthy diet tips can be found online.

What about exercise? We should all be shooting for at least a half-hour to 45 minutes of cardio and some weight training a day. In reality, however, the body that is the epitome of health best is built from diet first.

The key to a long, happy, pain-free life ultimately comes down to your initiative to make it happen. Now that you have an introduction and basic knowledge to start further research and self-practice in prevention, what will you do with it?