People have excuses for poor health: ‘I know I'm overweight but I've tried to diet and it didn't work’; ‘I don't have time to exercise’; ‘I've given up smoking several times, but I just start up again’; ‘I wish I could cut down how much I drink but I just can’t’. These are some excuses we make to ourselves, but in the end we are the losers. And, if you are one of those people who think that your doctor or the government are responsible for your health, then it’s time to think again.
Your doctor isn’t there to look after your health. Your doctor only looks after your illnesses. When your doctor says you are 'healthy', all it means is that you are not showing any actual disease symptoms. Most people in this state are still far from 'well', however their health can be improved dramatically. They are the walking unwell.
In the past I have worked in the NHS as a staff nurse and district nurse, and in private practice. Over the years it never ceased to amaze me how many people do not think that it is their responsibility to take control of their own health. People would often ask why they should change a lifetime of bad eating habits when all they need to do is take a tablet to make them better.
Unfortunately it is not that simple. Take high blood pressure for example. The best way to get high blood pressure under control is to eat healthily, lose weight and exercise. If this alone does not get it under control then medication may still be necessary, but many people are not prepared to change their lifestyles and prefer to just take the tablets. These people then think that they no longer have a problem as their blood pressure falls, but the underlying problem is still there – it is just controlled.
You are responsible for your own health. Your doctor and the NHS are only interested in you if you are ill. Being healthy is down to you and your own efforts. Your health is precious and you should treat it as such. Preventative health care is the most important thing you can do to increase your health. The little things you do every day really do add up to either a healthy or an unhealthy life. Your future really is in your own hands.