An ounce of prevention could save lives…I want it to be YOURS!!! ~The Baby Boomer Queen~
Miriam Falco, Managing Editor, Medical News, has prepared a lot CNN segments on preventing illness over the last seven years as a medical producer..but according to a new study she has come across…not enough of us are getting the message. Not even some doctors.
Our health-care system is not necessarily geared toward prevention. But what if it were?
We need to make prevention the cornerstone of America’s health-care system. “Too many people are dying prematurely or living with disease that could have been prevented,” Coffield says. “We could get more out of our health-care dollars if more preventive measures were taken. We can pay now or pay a lot more later.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention commissioned a report to determine which preventive measures would have the biggest impact in saving lives. The non-profit health policy group “Partnership for Prevention” (PFP) found that simply increasing the number of people who follow 5 existing prevention recommendations would save more than a 100,000 lives each year. That’s more than the population of Green Bay, Wisconsin or Cambridge, Massachusetts.
So what exactly are these five recommendations?
1** Right now less than half of Americans who should be taking aspirin daily to prevent heart disease do so. If that number went up to 90 percent, 45,000 additional lives would be saved, at a cost of pennies a day.
2** Only about a quarter of all smokers are advised by health care professionals to quit smoking and given tools to do so. If that number were raised to 90 percent of smokers, then 42,000 additional lives would be saved each year.
3** Less than half of Americans older than 50 get screened for colon cancer, get that number up to 90 percent and 14,000 additional lives could be saved.
4** Each year the CDC says get your flu shot, but only 37 percent of adults older than 50 actually get one. Raising that stat up to 90 percent would save 12,000 more lives.
5** Finally, only two-thirds of women older than 40 get screened for cancer every 2 years…if that number increased to 90 percent, almost 4,000 lives would be saved annually.
So why aren’t more of us taking aspirin, quitting smoking or getting cancer screenings?
Maybe it’s because many of us don’t think about going to the doctor when we are healthy, but go only when we’re sick. According to the PFP report, many doctors and nurses lack a system to track the patients who need preventive care. And when it comes to telling patients to quit smoking, some doctors aren’t always comfortable doing so.
Another hurdle is the cost of preventive services. In many cases, high deductibles have to be met before preventive medicine is covered by insurance. Those who don’t have insurance are even more likely not to go to the doctor if they aren’t sick. They probably can’t afford it. Something has to change. One of the study’s authors, Ashley Coffield says it’s important to remove financial restraints in order to increase demand for more preventive services.
Have you been screened for cancer? Can you afford to go to the doctor when you’re not sick? What preventive measures do you take to stay healthy?
Thank you CNN and Miriam Falco, Managing Editor, Medical News
How many of you eat 5-7 fruits a day?
JUST another way to prevent many pit falls in your health.
With todays fruits being picked before they are even ripe 5-7 fruits…will not cut the mustard any more.
I am probably one of the few people who eat the required daily fruits but I know that this is not enough by todays fruit standards.
Do you remember the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away???” Your body needs your fruits to stay healthy!
What I do, is drink Mona Vie. It has 18 fruits, including its number one ingredient, the number one (1) super food in the world…the Asci Berry. It has been a god send to me.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Smiles and world peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~