New Year Resolution: Keep Wellness

Category: Miscellaneous Articles Published on Wednesday, 30 December 2015 Written by Yong Tsai, MD

Wellness or good health has traditionally been viewed as freedom from disease; thus, if you were not sick, you were considered healthy. This perspective is changing. The absence of illness is just one part of being healthy. It doesn't indicate you are in a state of well-being. Wellness is not only the absence of illness and also the sense of total physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It is a proactive, preventive process designed to achieve optimum levels of health, social and emotional functioning. It is the integration of the body, mind, and sprit and emphasizes the whole person.

Wellness research shows that Americans who take care of themselves and manage their lifestyles are healthier, more productive, have fewer absences from work. Studies have also shown the "wellness" approach with self-care education program resulted in less total medical visits. While traditional medicine concentrates on alleviating or curing disease, the wellness approach encourages you to take personal responsibility for your well-being. Integrated advance medical treatment with wellness approach will can not only improve medical effectiveness and but decrease medical cost. Moreover, prevention of illness is an integral part of comprehensive medical care.

Metabolic syndrome is a growing epidemic throughout the world, affecting approximately 1 adult of every 4 or 5, depending on the country. The incidence increases with age; it has been estimated that in people over 50 years of age, metabolic syndrome affects more than 40% of people in the United States of America. Metabolic syndrome is not a disease in itself, but a group of risk factors such as hypertension, high triglyceride, low HDL, high blood sugar that occur together, increasing the likelihood of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Abdominal obesity (a waist size greater than 40 inches for men, 35 inches for women) is the key risk factor for developing metabolic syndrome. If you develop metabolic syndrome, think of it as a wake-up call. It's time to get serious about improving your wellness and managing your weight.

Wellness, as a state of health, is closely associated with your lifestyle. Each person has a responsibility to provide for such health essentials as good nutrition, proper weight control, exercise, stress management and controlling of risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. These things all play a significant role in wellness. Sometimes, it is difficult to initiate wellness life style yourself. There are many wellness program including medical weight loss program, healthy lifestyles coaching, yoga and other exercise program designed to help people to identify their wellness problems and make people take the first step to improve their well-being.

The New Year resolution is not just a slogan. Take the first step to follow the wellness life style.

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