Friday, 6 November 2020

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Prevention is Better than Cure
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Prevention is better than cure is an age-old saying. However, when it comes to our health, there is a huge amount of money spent on research and cures, and it seems very little on prevention.

Here in the UK Matt Hancock the Government Health and social care Secretary told BBC Radio,

"In the UK, we are spending £97 billion of public money on treating disease and only £8 billion preventing it across the UK. You don't have to be an economist to see those numbers don't stack up."

When we think about the illnesses that are easily preventable such as diabetes, cost millions of pounds just in the UK alone. The NHS spends £10 million per year on treating diabetics, and this is mainly due to complications, such as amputation, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. 

With preventative measures, diabetes could become a rarity rather than a common condition as it currently is in the UK.

Diabetes can be managed and prevented by the individual. Other conditions might not be so easy, for example, those caused by pollution.  There has been much debate in recent years about the air quality in our towns and cities caused by road traffic and especially diesel engines. 

A UK study of air pollution reported. "Between 2017 and 2025, the total cost to the NHS and social care of air pollution for diseases for which there is more robust evidence for an association is estimated to be £5.56 billion, corresponding to 1.15 million new cases of disease."

Taking responsibility

Each of us can do much to prevent illness. A proper diet and appropriate exercise are vital to playing our part in staying healthy. Smoking, drinking (alcohol), recreational drugs and undue risk-taking can all add to the increase in poor health in our society. 

There is no lack of advice that we can seek, but do make sure it is from reliable sources. 

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