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Prospective Care – for a healthier future

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

Two decades ago, the concept of prospective healthcare started to evolve as there was a realization that healthcare spending was mostly allotted towards late-stage chronic illness care. As science is always evolving, genetic predictions and strategies towards understanding of diseases was also improving which has led to a greater awareness of the importance of a personalized, preventative approach. Although this thought process has been around for a few years in conventional medicine, it has always been a part of holistic and natural medicine practitioners.

Now, more than ever, there is a need to invest in health. It is important to understand that your health and well-being affects you and your family directly. The choice to understand and take charge of your health, in turn, benefits the mindset of the future generations.

So, what are some things you can do to understand your health.

A first important step is to know your health history. Your health history includes what has happened in your life as well as the life of your ancestors. This information reveals the pattern of health tendencies that could show up as you age. Depending on how and where illness affects you, reveals your tendencies and susceptibilities. A health consultant could help you navigate this process.

Other considerations should be an annual physical with your doctor that can act as a baseline of your health.

Small steps towards understanding and active participation in managing your health can minimize the future financial hardships that fall on families who are impacted by emergency health issues.

So why do people not invest in themselves?

Cost is the main barrier. Health preventative measures and cares are not easily accessible and the cost for alternative consultations deter the normal public from seeking them. The concept of investing in health long term is not readily understood as people are used to only seeking medical assistance when things go wrong. As a consequence, its sometimes too little too late, and the damage is already done.

Low health literacy- the understanding about health and its impacts are not clearly understood and so they are not considered important unless something drastic happens. The call for change only happens then. In reality, the change could have been implemented long before as a preventative step. For example, up to date health checks in males, especially in regards to heart health can catch arteriosclerosis or other cardiac issues in advance and possibly prevent a future heart attack.

So what can and should you do?

Invest in a health consultant. A consultant is your ally in understanding your situation and can help you make sense of how to go about proactively creating and working towards health goals. As a family, this creates a healthy mindset in the people around you as well creating an added support network.

Health and happiness go hand in hand. It doesn’t have to be short-lived or something that only the youth have the privilege to enjoy.

“The greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.- Joyce Meyer

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