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Some Top Public Health Concerns in 2016

By DR. ORALIA GARCIA DOMINIC, ph.d., M.A., M.S.

 

Happy New Year! This month’s article is dedicated to you and your loved ones. I will provide you with some easy steps that may help improve your health status. We have lots of advancement in modern medicine, and it is time we use these to our advantage. Below are some easy steps to stay healthy and start your new year right. Top public health concerns for 2016 are also provided.

 

Easy Steps to a Healthy New You

  • • Make a personal commitment to take good care yourself and remain healthy in 2016 and beyond. Even small changes make a difference.
  • ● Visit your doctor on a regularly basis. This includes your family doctor and dentist.
  • ● Learn ways to lower your risk for disease and conditions that can be prevented and controlled – like type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, hepatitis C virus, sexually transmitted infections as well as hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, lice and dehydration, to name a few.
  • ● Know your numbers. Talk to your doctor about finding ways to keep your numbers within the normal range – some important numbers are blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index, daily physical activity needs, daily dietary intake (fiber, fats, and carbohydrates), iron, white and red blood count and liver enzymes, to name a few.
  • ● Be current with your health screenings. Talk with your doctor and get screened. Remember early detection can save lives.
  • ● Maintain a healthful weight.
  • ● Familiarize yourself with symptoms associated with conditions of the heart, lungs, liver, bones, skin, hair, sexual organs, breasts and prostate. Pay extra attention to health conditions that run in your family or are common in your communities.
  • ● Be proactive about your health.
  • ● Be an informed consumer.

 

In my opinion and based on the Centers for Disease Control facts and figures, below are some of the top health concerns in 2016 (listed in no specific order):

  • ● Heroin use and overdose
  • ● Prescription painkiller overdose
  • ● Hepatitis C virus
  • ● Heart disease
  • ● Cancer
  • ● Stress
  • ● Obesity
  • ● Sexually transmitted infection
  • ● Flu
  • ● Liver problems
  • ● Sleep apnea

 

The good news is that many of the conditions listed above can be prevented and controlled. To learn more, please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website at  cdc.gov.

Again, talk to your doctor to learn ways to prevent and/or minimize or eliminate associated risks.  I have learned that one must be proactive in one’s own health care.  Like grandma used to say, “Take good care of yourself because, if you don’t, no one else will.” This is especially true if you have others depending on you. If you are sick, your loved ones suffer, too.

Today is the day for change – it’s a new year.  Choose a healthier you.  Do it for yourself and for your loved ones.  Be healthy and make the necessary changes your doctor recommends.  Yes, change is difficult, but it can be done.  Small changes can make a difference.  Take good care of yourself in 2016 and beyond. ◆

Oralia Dominic

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