Thanks to medical research – people are now living much longer than they used to! While expanding your life span is good, it is only as good as the quality of life you are living. Many of the elderly have chronic conditions that overwhelm their daily activities or they get diseases repeatedly, which ultimately results in higher insurance premiums. Educating yourself on preventative healthcare is the best method to stop disease from happening in the first place.
Here are some things you can do immediately to improve your healthcare without any medical knowledge:
- Quit smoking,
- Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all (red wine is the most acceptable choice of alcohol as it has some antioxidant benefits when consumed responsibly),
- Eat a balanced diet to get the correct amount of nutrients and calories your body requires each day,
- Participate in aerobic exercise a minimum of three days per week (at least 90 minutes per week),
- See your doctor regularly for check-ups.
- We also recommend having a full blood test once per year to monitor your general well-being and catch any health problems in their early stages!
There are many other things you can do to prevent disease – see one of our GPs for more advice.
We encourage as many people as possible to get on the preventative healthcare bandwagon because everyone will be benefitting from this. By minimising our individuals’ demands on the health care system, we contribute to keeping the system efficient, affordable and functioning smoothly. Not to mention sick patients will have a shorter waiting time to receive treatment and therefore achieve better outcomes.