People Will Die Because They Do Not Know Better

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Health care reform has dominated headlines in the U.S lately, but health care leaders are telling us that what may also to change is the understanding that individual Americans have about their own health.

In a recent survey conducted by Mintel, a leading market research company, most Americans eitherrefused to accept that they were in "poor" health or they were willing to accept living in "poor" health. At the same time national statistics indicate that more than 50% of Americans are fat.

The Mintel study determined that 70% of the people considered that they were in "excellent" or "good" health. Only one in four of those surveyed thought they were obese or fat. On the other hand, the respondants considered themselves as having a sedentary lifestyle and making poor eating choices.

A report published in Circuation on September 14, 2009, based on information from the United States National Health & Nutrition Examination Surveys, showed that in excess of 90% of adults in Ameica were at high risk from cardiovascular disease.

How can people misunderstand their condition in the light of this evidence? The answer most likely is that health education is insufficient and Americans just do not appreciate the circumstances.

According to a study from the Mayo Clinic, patients were more likely to improve their health by just diet and exercise, when they were advised by physicians, nutritionists, and dietitians about risks of heart disease.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the patients received counseling about ways to minimize the threat factors for cardiovasular disease that are collectively known as "metabolic syndrome." There are 5 base factors included in the metabolic syndrome: low HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), high blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides, increased waist line circumference, and elevated fasting glucose.

A healthcare practitioner may talk to a patient, that if he or she has 3 out ot 5 symptoms involved in metabolic syndrome, then he or she has the syndrome and has a much higher likelihood of cardiovascular disease. The simple undertaking of counseling patients in this way can strongly motivate patients to set high-priority goals that will substantially enhance their health.

Health practitioners can advise patients to change their lifestyle in order to minimize the risk of cardiovascular disease. The symptoms included in meatbolic syndrome can be reduced by accepting a program of exercise and weight control.

It is regrettable that according to Circulation and the Mintel survey, few medical professionals educate their patients.

Curbing the horrific health trends faced by the Americansat present will not lie in the hands of health practitioners, but in the hands of individual Americans who must make up their minds to change their own behaviors for the long-term.

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Author: Bruce Preble
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