As they sought to save us from the ravages of Covid 19, modern medicine invested in treating the disease. That’s what you do. I keep wondering how we could have done better. Then I learned about preventive medicine and a light went off.
Prevent or Treat?
Take responsibility for your body! It’s today’s message from the medical community. Rather than waiting until something happens and then treating it, the idea is to make changes that will prevent illness or disease. The concept is changing the future for today’s young people. And folks of every age can benefit from it.
For the last hundred years, doctors have had the responsibility of treating the sick. Today, they’re trying to work with their patients to prevent them from getting sick in the first place. What a concept!
Now, as never before, we have so much information on staying healthy that we cannot ignore the facts. Admit it, we know what should be done. We just don’t want to get out there and do it. But we all have to start making the right choices.
Educate yourself of the ways to diet and exercise. Smoking, drinking and stress all affect your health. Make the necessary corrections to improve your choices. Recognize that so much of declining health is not given to you, you give it to yourself by the way you eat, think, smoke, or sit still.
Decide today not to be a victim. Start practicing preventive medicine rather than seeking remedies later. Take responsibility for your own health and well-being. It could pay off for more good days with those you love.
As we reset into post-pandemic mode, let’s create the mind-set of prevention rather than treatment with a whole new set of personal health standards.