12 Primacy of Preventive Healthcare - Fr Rocky Banz

posted Feb 8, 2018, 6:36 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 6:37 AM ]
Medical research has come a long way, and as a result, people live much longer than they used to. While no one can argue that expanding the average person’s lifespan is good, many folks are not enjoying the quality of life as they get older. Many people have chronic conditions that overwhelm their daily activities or they get diseases repeatedly. Learning about and practising preventive healthcare, i.e. maintaining your body and good health throughout your entire lifetime, is properly the best method to prevent disease from happening in the first place. Hence adopting Preventive Healthcare Measures is the only solution.

Preventive healthcare should be made part and parcel of an individual’s daily life. Simple measures like eating right, in right amounts, regular exercise and avoiding harmful addictions like tobacco, alcohol, restraining oneself from use of excess sugar and salt, getting enough sound sleep at night and development of mental poise are crucial for a healthy life. Therefore, individual healthy habits are an “automatic” defence against most illnesses and can provide us a long, healthy – and thus happy – life.

There are various aspects to Preventive Healthcare. The first aspect is where individuals take the onus for their own health. This could be done through conscious modifications in lifestyles, besides using sustainable and traditional healthcare measures for cure of simple ailments. This approach puts the onus of healthcare on the individual, rather than on the professional.

The other aspect of Preventive Healthcare is finding and treating disease as soon as possible. Being educated and alert for signs and symptoms of various ailments is important for maintaining good health. Diseases, when diagnosed early, can be nipped in the bud, and full health can be regained. Regular health check-ups at least annually, especially when you grow older, is crucial to stay healthy, since detecting the disease early can ensure full cure. Thus, Preventive healthcare provides many direct benefits to the individual by not having to deal with uncomfortable or painful symptoms, but feeling more energetic and just being able to fully enjoy one’s daily activities.