It is so refreshing to be working in health at a time when prevention care has become not only critical but miraculous in my thinking when it comes to shifting the healthcare mindset. By my own admission, the progress is slow, and it’s up to every individual who has seen prevention care at work to set a precedent. I read recently that in 2010 the cost of Health Care in the US reached $2.6 trillion. Apparently by 2030 about 16% -18% of the entire cost of health in the US will be attributed to obesity alone. I seem to hone in on obesity because of all factors to me this one seems to be the health care crisis that is most preventable.
As a Chiropractor what I see in clinic is the impact that excess weight causes joints, muscles, and nerves. A sedentary lifestyle is part of the cycle, although I do feel it’s an 80/20 circumstance and that nutrition is 80% of the problem and a lack of exercise is more like 20%. Away from this, a GP is interested in the impact of cardiovascular health and diabetes. I met a family in clinic recently with a child who had a BMI of about 45. His parents had brought him in because his legs and feet were aching most likely due to the weight he is carrying. When we discussed the child’s health history I recall the parents were happy because the child did not have diabetes yet. Yet?
It’s as though this is inevitable. Continue reading