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Benefits of taking a proactive approach to health

May 31st, 2022 by
Category: Dr. Ashleigh O'Brien

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics key statistics, over three-quarters of Australians (78.6%) had at least one long-term health condition in 2020-21, nearly half of Australians had at least one chronic condition (46.6%) and during the 2020-21 financial year, mental and behavioural conditions (20.1%), back problems (15.7%), and arthritis (12.5%) were the most common chronic conditions (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2021). Smoking, lack of exercise, and a poor diet are some of the most common risk factors associated with poor health. How are we able to improve these statistics and live a healthier life? By choosing proactive healthcare rather than reactive healthcare.

Almost all forms of healthcare can be broken up into two categories: proactive and reactive healthcare.

What is proactive health care?

Proactive healthcare means taking action before the symptoms appear. The initiative strives to involve patients in their own healthcare, allowing them to work with their healthcare providers in order to address any health concerns or problems they have before they advance. It helps to improve a patient’s health through lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, rather than drastic medical interventions, such as surgery. 

What is reactive health care?

Reactive healthcare means to react only once there is a problem, symptoms, a medical event has occurred, the prognosis is poor or the condition is unable to be treated. Reactive health care is waiting for your body to get worse before taking any steps to improve your health.  

Top tips to help take a more proactive approach to your health

Below are some tips for you to take a more proactive approach to your healthcare:

  • Book regular appointments with your chiropractor to maintain spinal alignment and proper nervous system function
  • Proper nutrition – increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables and reduce your intake of processed foods and sugars
  • Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night – getting enough sleep helps to improve concentration and productivity, as well as supporting your immune system and improving your overall mental and physical health
  • Reduce screen time – reducing the amount of time spent on phones and other devices may help with sleep and mental health by allowing more time for social connections
  • Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day – exercise helps to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and lower your risk of heart diseases, as well as helps to improve your mental health by getting outside in the fresh air and sunlight
  • Drink at least 2 liters of water per day – water is important for every function within your body. Water helps to maintain your body temperature, flush out waste products, absorb nutrients and lubricate your joints
  • Schedule regular checkups with your doctor – regular health checks can help to identify early warning signs of diseases and illnesses, allowing early treatment and a better prognosis

It is impossible to predict when someone may fall ill or have an accident, but by taking a proactive approach to healthcare and implementing these tips, you are able to take control of your health and take better care of your body before you get sick. 




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