Why do we need to know the reasons people die?

While going through the WHO site I came through an article which caught my attention. Why do we need to know why people die?

Well usually a topic which we do not want to really dwell on and skip most of the time but really we should knowing some of the important facts of life which would not only help us live a healthier life but also help us live a better one. Which prompted me to write on it after the article on Nutrition yesterday.

 While the scientific studies can be left to experts, but we should at least be aware the importance of it in our lives. As it helps us gauge the health system and relate with the health awareness of our own family and our social connect.

On reflecting on our own education system and how a person learns about health or any other values it is through

  • One’s parents
  • The education system
  • The environment

 In today’s context where we are bombarded with multiple advertisements and news which are not 100% transparent. It becomes evident that we cannot blame the person only for having poor health understanding. So a robust mechanism or a strong government may help create a right education platform and environment. But, finally said it ultimately lies on how we all can promote a healthy life in the circle we live in and create a revolution across the societies we live in.

 The WHO has listed the following major reasons impacting health

  • Transport
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Housing
  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Industry
  • Urbanization
  • Water
  • Radiation
  • Nutrition and health

 While each and every point discussed impact our health. There are some which not in our control and some definitely are. So let us discuss and stay focussed on the one that are in our control and can be addressed. Like we cant control accidents at times but we do know that drunken driving results into many more accidents or talking on the phone is also raises the chances of accidents. While these are very obvious and the impacted person realises very fast and is able to establish a cause for it. I would like to draw your attention on the reasons of death and request to understand that they are the bigger reasons of death in the society.

 As per WHO the three biggest reasons of death are:

  • Ischaemic heart disease – 13.2%
  • Stroke – 11.9%
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – 5.6%

Together they contribute top 30.7% of the reasons for death

WHO data

Ischaemic heart disease

The coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle and no alternative blood supply exists, so a blockage in the coronary arteries reduces the supply of blood to heart muscle. Most ischaemic heart disease is caused by atherosclerosis, usually present even when the artery lumens appear normal by angiography.

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Stroke

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is theNo. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures).

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways, this is called airflow obstruction.

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Now that we have understood that the top three reasons for death are as shared above. Does it end there no not at all. This is where I would request each one of you to consciously work on the ways we can prevent the disease to occur.

So what should be done to prevent Ischaemic heart disease lets have a look what are we usually told

  • Heart-healthy eating
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Managing stress
  • Physical activity
  • Quitting smoking

Does it sound familiar? Is there any thing new I shared ? Is there something we can do about it or you can do about it?

Maybe when you do a deep down on most of the diseases and find a prevention you would see a similarity in each and every disease. But, the market is full of allopathic doctors and the medical definition itself states allopathy is a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies (as drugs or surgery) producing effects different from or incompatible with those produced by the disease being treated.

Let me also share today my knowledge itself flows from the fact that I was associated with a group of doctors who themselves revealed the fact that we should focus on prevention rather than cure. Their own education revolved around cure rather than prevention. While also true that if you have been impacted with a disease it is critical to getting cured and get a treatment from a doctor. As once the disease hits you you need the right medical support to get back healthy.

Going back to the main point of the article it is imperative that we are aware of our surroundings and the benefits of prevention is better than cure. Further, we should share our knowledge and educate as many friends we can so that we all can live a healthy life.

Ending with some powerful lines:

“Early to bed Early to rise makes a man/ woman healthy wealthy and wise”

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

“Prevention is better than cure”

“Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness”

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a Prince and and dinner like a pauper”

My final request please do take care of yourself…

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