Missoula Measures - Preventive Clinical Care
Chronic diseases rob people of productivity and quality of life, in addition to reducing life-span. Many chronic diseases are preventable with healthy lifestyle choices, and they are also more easily managed with early detection and conscientious monitoring and treatment. A healthy, vigorous person who reaches retirement age with no long-term medical conditions can enjoy life more fully, be active in the community, provide themselves with adequate housing and have a greater percentage of disposable income than a person with chronic, disabling problems.
A lifetime of appropriate clinical care that includes screenings for common, potential health problems will greatly improve the quality of a person’s entire life span, and reduce dependence on social support mechanisms in later years. However, when money is tight, this appropriate care, screenings, and control of chronic health conditions often takes a back seat to rent, groceries and other basic needs. Those living in poverty are often the most at risk for chronic diseases, and the least able to manage them in a healthy way.
Risk factors that contribute to chronic diseases:
- Physical inactivity
- High fat diet
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Over consumption of alcohol