Young or old, wealthy or not, one thing we have in common is the need to tend to our health. With the ongoing concern of the seasonal and H1N1 flu strains, it seems that I see more articles regarding well being than before.
This report is now examining the effects of low levels of Vitamin D on the heart. The vitamin is easily absorbed through exposure to sunlight (being outdoors), but is now prevalent in northern exposures. Could our late 20th century lifestyle change have something to do with this? After all, we now get our exercise inside a club instead of going for a walk through the neighborhood.
A friend was concerned and afraid due to the new recommendations for frequency of mammograms. It seems that the report she heard did not stess that the increased time span between exams was recommended for women with little to no risk ractors. Her family history deems her a candidate for more frequent exams. I wonder how many women did not understand this, expecially those without a "regular" doctor, or health insurance.
Health insurance, itself, is a dividing factor now. I avoid the subject in discussions, as people are either strongly for or equally opposed to the current bill before the Senate. I can see the benefits and downfalls of either scenario. Many companies are looking at significant increases in premiums for the next year, which may be partially passed on to the employee. Would universal coverage be better?
We have made significant advances in medicine and smoking has been reduced however now we face the impact of obesity, which may become the prevalent "disease" of the early 21st century. As an unintended effect of the post-WWII economy whereas we have an easier life than our parents and grandparents, and women now work outside the home (usually sitting as a desk), the increase in weight goes with that "plush" lifestyle. And in many places it is unsafe for our children to play outside, which is leading to epidemic numbers of overweight and unhealthy young folks.
Since we have not been able to fix this on our own, perhaps it is time for the government to step in. But where to start? With healthcare coverage, taxing vices such as soft drinks and junk food, increasing premiums for the overweight? It doesn't seem possible that our society has come to this. Having lived through the journey that brought us to this point, I shake my head. Who was it that said "hindsight is 20-20"....
What are your thoughts?