Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is ‘a condition of full life-sustaining capacity with physical, emotional and social well being.’ A number of definitions have also been applied to health, for various purposes. For the purpose of this article, we will be using the broadest definition: ‘the quality of life attained through the processes of life.’ It is important to note that there are many other dimensions of good health; what is included in this article is the measurement of general health, which can be divided into three categories: physical health, mental health and psychosocial health.
In order to assess your own level of health, you need to consider all the aspects of your life, both physical and mental. To do this you need to focus on your relationships with other people and with your environment. For the purposes of this article we will focus on the aspect of physical health. The first and main article in this series will address sleep. The second article will address general issues surrounding sleep and memory loss.
Mental and physical health science is complex and intricate, but the main issue is how they relate to each other and how they can affect your life. As previously stated by the World Health Organization (WHO), “health, in the broadest sense, is the quality of the physical condition and performance of a human being.” A physical examination is one of the first steps in any screening process for diseases, especially since diseases can cause varying degrees of impairment in different areas of the body.
The results from a physical examination are interpreted by health professionals such as doctors, psychologists, nurses and other medical staff. Based on the interpretation of the examination results, the doctor then provides a diagnosis and possible treatment. The importance of a healthy diagnosis and subsequent treatment is highlighted by the WHO “concussion: improving the health of the global community.” This statement emphasizes the fact that poor health conditions are a leading cause for disability and death and that the only way to achieve optimal health is to be able to treat and cure all health conditions simultaneously.
In order to monitor your health status, you will most likely have a series of examinations which will provide you with data on your physical and mental determinants. This is where your diet, exercise and lifestyle choices will make an impact on your health status. The three primary determinants are age, gender and disease. The fourth primary determinant is genetics and although not often considered, there are genetic predispositions to a wide variety of health conditions and diseases. The information that you obtain from these determinants will then be used to create your “risk score” which is a number that represents how much your body is susceptible to disease based on your current health status.
Although everyone is exposed to some degree to various environmental stresses, there is a great deal of variation in the amount of exposure which people in developed countries receive. In developed countries you can take steps to reduce the risk of developing diseases that are preventable through a healthy diet, regular exercise and a reduction in the amount of stress. By making these lifestyle changes you will be able to significantly reduce the amount of suffering that you will experience in the future. If you have a family member who is affected by a particular disease or condition it is important to provide them with support and assistance through the early stages of their disease or condition. By doing this you are also providing them with the motivation and encouragement they need to improve their lifestyle and recover from the disease or condition that they are suffering from.