Public Health and Chronic Diseases

Health is a state of full physical, emotional and social well being where infirmity and disease are absent. It is our basic right as a citizen to be healthy and live our lives with much pride. There are many different diseases and health conditions that we could be suffering from if we were not able to identify them and get the proper medical attention needed. This is why it is very important for all of us to learn how to take good care of our health.

The first four letters of the word ‘Hazard’, suggests that disease can happen without any foreseen circumstance or reason. When it comes to contagious diseases such as flu and swine flu, it is always a case of catching the bug by being in close contact with those who already have it. In the third definition of disease, it indicates something that goes beyond our control or capacity to treat. It is a cause of death but it is not precluding and could even be cured.

The fourth and last definition of disease is longevity, which shows that it is something that continues with persons for the whole of their life course. Some diseases such as coronary heart disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease etc. are now considered to be diseases of the elderly. By controlling the lifestyle of an individual, you can in fact greatly reduce the risk of getting these diseases and this is where public health and management of health enter the picture.

By controlling the lifestyle of older adults you can slow down the progression of disease. One of the most important things is to control obesity, which is one of the biggest risk factors for getting heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses. A simple exercise like walking the dog would go a long way in preventing many diseases of the elderly and improving health. Another aspect of public health care for the elderly is to reduce stress and anxiety of the old adults. By doing this they are able to lead a normal life course.

This article tries to provide a broad definition of what is involved in defined health care. The importance of defining the health system and how it functions cannot be overemphasized. The defined health care framework seeks to ensure better coordination between the different health services and using a common set of standards. This would make the health care system more efficient and save a lot of time and money. An overall look at the health care systems in the United States is found to be consistent with this definition and should therefore not be underestimated.

There are several definitions of disease. However, none of them speak of prevention of any ailment or even prevention of becoming a diseased person. It is very important to understand that prevention is the best definition of health policy. A well-defined health policy is the first step towards ensuring that all the citizens living in the country are healthy and remain that way throughout their lives. Prevention is the core concept behind health policy making.

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