America’s Health Status

We would all like perfect health. But, about sixty years ago only five (5) percent of the population was obese versus approximately twenty-five (25) percent presently. Moreover, current projections suggest that nearly fifty (50) percent of the population are likely to develop Type 2 diabetics by 2050 if we do not change eating habits and weight gain.

There are many overlapping paths to great health. Ongoing healthcare presumes a state of reasonable health or a desire for such, engaging in good behaviors (eating, sleeping, exercise, social/spiritual, and choices of entertainment) that are most supportive of good health. Not everyone is born with a perfectly “normal” and healthy body, nor chooses or is able to live in a way supporting great health.  In response, we have medical care. Elements include complementary preventive, maintenance, interventional, and restorative care, plus related educational activities. Medical care focuses most on the delivery of treatment of physical and psychological dysfunction, disease and injury.

We call medical care: traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) or integrative. Whatever type of care is delivered most in a country is called traditional, while you live there, but is labeled otherwise elsewhere. In the United States, all non-traditional western medical care is called CAM. A sample of specific types includes chiropractic, Chinese medicine, naturopathy, faith-healing, and others.

Approximately 48 million American citizens do not have traditional medical care insurance? Even among the insured, only the wealthiest and those with comprehensive publicly funded care are usually fully covered.  For everyone else, the broad range of primary services available and cost savings of  Discount Health Care Programs (DHCP) can cut the net costs of a host of traditional and CAM solutions, meeting many needs.

However, essentially ninety (90) percent of the American population is not Health Literacy (HL) proficient. This lack of HL proficiency adversely affects their overall health status because of their tendency to engage poorer preventive health behaviors, as well as unwise fitness habits and medical care decisions. Poor HL tends to also increase annual personal medical care spending no matter what combination of insurance and discount programs products and services are used.

Unfortunately, most people are possibly a single catastrophic illness or injury away from medical bill-related financial ruin. And, if you accept such a premise as true, then everyone should practice healthy living as best possible, and at least consider acquiring some very high-deductible, nominal spectrum, lowest cost medical insurance for coverage of a catastrophic health event.

Otherwise, future newly acquired Health Literacy proficiency should favorably impact future decisions about investment in more medical insurance, DHCP products, as well as preventive and reactive services. Consideration of specific options and implementation of the strategies is beyond the scope of this site.

We are here to enhance the well-being of our communities. We offer high-quality information and perspectives about health & fitness, traditional western medicine, CAM, Discount Health Care Programs, and case management. Our content is informative, editorial, and provides product and service suggestions to our readers.

The topics we address are quite diverse. But,  our primary interests and strengths are musculoskeletal health & medicine, athletic activities, rehabilitation, pain management, issues pertinent to occupational and environmental exposures, and associated case management.

From our perspective, life is full of healthy, wondrous alternatives. Feel free to contact us about anything that appears consistent with our website content. ISG Health believes Your Health Matters.