What's Up Doc (002) - Why Preventive Healthcare Matters

Preventive Healthcare for the Masses

By Dr Sania Iqbal, MBBS, Medical Practitioner PMDC

Preventive healthcare is a term used for the measures taken to prevent the onset of disease, and as the adage goes, has always been better than cure. It helps with the maintenance of health rather than treatment.

There are three levels of prevention:

  • Primary Level – Preventing contraction of disease and improving overall health of the population.
  • Secondary Level – Early detection of disease and preventing it from getting worse.
  • Tertiary Level – Enhancing quality of life and reducing symptoms of a disease you may already have.

In general, environmental factors such as dust, smoke, teratogens, microbes etc. are responsible for the different diseases we may contract. In addition, genetic causes may exacerbate these problems. The good news is, the negative impact of many illnesses and diseases can be mitigated by way of preventive measures, helping you save both money and time – considering the financial and emotional toll these ailments can potentially cause.

This is especially important when set against the high incidence of sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy and poor diets, which are some of the leading contributors to cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, etc. What we can do in light of this, is simply to add a half-hour walk into our daily routine, maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, and above all, visiting our doctor once or twice a year for a complete check-up. This ensures that any major health issue can be discovered before it’s too late.

In line with preventive measures, here are some recommended guidelines:

  • Do not smoke.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol intake.
  • Do not use drugs which are banned by the FDA or relevant health sciences ministry in your country.
  • Make green vegetables a part of your diet.
  • obesity at bay by eating healthy and doing exercise on a daily basis.
  • Ensure regular visits to your healthcare provider.

Preventive measures do not simply extend to exercise and diet. In fact, health can further be promoted via the following measures:

  • Sleep Recovery:
Sleep can help you recover from a number of disorders. Try to improve your sleep quality and increase your sleeping hours. 2 to 3 nights of normal sleep after being sleep-deprived for a long period of time can help you recover from damaging effects. Eight hours of sleep is recommended for a generally healthy life.
    • Stress Recovery:
    When your stress becomes prolonged without any break and recovery period, you may suffer from different problems. Some of them can be due to finances, work, parenting, studies, etc. It would help to read up on some methods of stress relief, which can include slowing down your pace of life and spending quality time with your loved ones or on passion projects. Accept that stress is a necessity for growth, and embrace it as a challenge.
      • Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment: 
      With the advancement of science, different technologies have been introduced for monitoring your health and fitness. These technologies help you observe your physiology in a digital manner by making the reaction of your body to various environmental factors visible to you.
      One such example is the Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment (FBLA), a professional grade coaching tool for checking health and wellness. Its unique heart rate variability analysis reveals how the body reacts to the demand of daily challenges, transforming heartbeat data into information regarding your physical activity and stress levels. By plotting data taken during your work, rest and sleep routines, it becomes easier to identify measures you can take to improve both your sleep and stress recovery.
      For instance, if you’ve been spending too much time on the computer both in the office and at home, your report might reflect heightened stress levels during such activities. More accurate isolation of such stress factors would allow for you to make suitable lifestyle adjustments in tandem with a wellness consultant, such as setting aside time to perform meditation.
      Over time, taking such corrective action could lead to both better recuperation from stress and higher energy levels, which in turn would give your productivity and personal happiness a much-needed boost.


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      Marc Abel Lim
      Marc Abel Lim