Modern medicine is often termed as reactive as it focuses on curing the disease. The problem with this approach to healing is that it waits for people to get sick before treating the issue. But what is the alternative? Proactive medicine is a unique approach to healthcare that focuses on prevention, early detection and patient education. Hailed as the future of healthcare, this new model aims to prevent the onset of diseases by providing patients with information about their lifestyle, environment and family history. The goal is to educate patients about the risks they may be exposed to in order to make healthier life choices. The proactive strategy is built on the following two tenets:
Unlike reactive medicine, proactive medicine invests more time and resources to prevent disease, diagnose and treat it early when treatment is more affordable and more effective, and manage chronic conditions before they worsen and cause serious complications. By addressing both their emotional and physical health, as well as their social and physical environment, this holistic approach provides patients with comprehensive care. The best way to accomplish this is through care teams made up of healthcare experts, social workers and health coaches.
According to the proponents of proactive medicine, the world would see a dramatic reduction in healthcare costs and a significant improvement in public health if more countries adopted this system. The goal is to go over each phase, including long-term care, community care, attendant care and all other forms of care, including preventive and intervention. Promoting health and preventing disease is the ultimate objective.
Another major benefit of proactive medicine is that it is more cost-effective. With this approach to healthcare, you can avoid making repeated trips to the emergency room, thus preventing long hospital bills.
Here are some simple steps that you can follow to take a more proactive approach to your healthcare:
Make an appointment for routine medical exams with your doctor. Regular health examinations can help to detect diseases and illnesses at their earliest stages, enabling early treatment and a better prognosis.
Make routine visits to your chiropractor to keep your spine aligned and your nervous system functioning.
Proactive medicine involves eating a healthy, nourishing diet. Nutritionally sound eating involves consuming more fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods and sugars.
To boost focus and productivity, as well as to support your immune system and enhance your general mental and physical health, aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Did you know making more time for social interactions by cutting back on time spent on phones and other devices can improve sleep and mental health? So ditch your mobile phone and spend some time with your friends and family.
Exercise is an important tenet of proactive medicine as it keeps your body active and prevents multiple health complications. We recommend aiming for 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day as it lowers your risk of heart disease, maintains a healthy circulatory system and improves mental health.
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