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Health Statistics To Encourage Preventative Action

Posted by Blooms The Chemist on 22 May 2020

Health Statistics To Encourage Preventative Action


It may be surprising that the Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus famously coined the expression “Prevention is better than cure” as far back as the mid-1400s. Yet while the concept has been around for over 500 years, encouraging preventative health action in men remains a challenge.

In this article, we explore some health statistics that should encourage older Australian men to be proactive in building and maintaining healthy habits. Building healthy habits can be a rewarding and lifelong challenge. Be sure to seek professional medical advice regularly, even when you feel well. This may be the first and most powerful preventative action you can take.

The source of your motivation doesn’t matter, as long as it gets you moving. If you’re not already moving, you might find the following facts surprisingly motivating.

  • Health costs the Australian economy $164 billion per year.

According to the Lateral Economics wellbeing index, the burden of just obesity and mental health is $40 billion per quarter[1]. It may seem a different way to look at it, but when you eat well or seek support to prevent emotional and mental ill-health, you will feel better and lessen the economic burden on the economy.

  • The Burden Of Disease (BoD).

“Burden of disease” is a standard method for analysis of the causes of health loss[2]. BOD analysis provides a quantifiable measure of total burden—the disability-adjusted life year (DALY). Australians aged 65 and over lost more than 1.8 million DALY due to premature death. Premature death can occur when we are not following best practise in our health management.

  • Heart Disease Is The Biggest Killer Of Men Over 65.

In men, coronary heart disease was the leading cause of disease burden accounting for 14% of the total burden. The age-standardised rate of burden due to coronary heart disease was 99 per 1,000 men compared with 52 per 1,000 women. As such, men had 1.9 times the burden of coronary heart disease as women.

  • Physical Inactivity Increases Risk Of Alzheimer’s by 21.8%.

A statistical modelling study looked at factors known to influence the occurrence of Alzheimer’s and found if every person in the UK were active, there would be a reduction in Alzheimer’s occurrences of 21.8%[3]. That should be enough to get you walking.

  • Exercising Reduces The Risk of Diabetes by 40%

Diabetes means your body is no longer able to regulate your blood sugar levels properly. This can lead to a variety of issues, including bad circulation, loss of limbs, and even death. Yet, studies show that the likelihood of contracting diabetes reduces by 40% if you exercise for 30 minutes three times a week[4].

There are many ways to motivate yourself to better health, and it is never too late to start. Getting moving increases your energy levels, makes you feel more confident, reduces obesity levels, and statistically is likely to increase your chance of avoiding or minimising the risks of a variety of diseases.

Written by Nathan C.
Nathan is passionate about fitness, including researching and writing about it.

References

[1] https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unprecedented-health-costs-the-australian-economy-40-billion-per-quarter-20180308-p4z3e3.html Public Health England. The effect of midlife risk factors on dementia in older age. 2017-03

[2] https://www.health.qld.gov.au/research-reports/population-health/burden-disease

[3] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/633096/effect_of_midlife_risk_factors_on_dementia_in_older_age.pdf

[4] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161018094926.htm

All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.