Health Policy – Defining Good Health
Health is an emotional state of mind in which infirmity and disease are absent. It is a state in which you feel psychologically healthy, physically healthy and mentally healthy. It is not just the absence of disease that makes one healthy but also the ability to handle stress, pain and suffering. A person with good health also enjoys higher spirits, more positive attitude and less likelihood to get sick.
As we all know, health is defined by the National Health Service (NHS) as the ability to live a long, happy and healthy life. But what does it mean? What are the facts about the definition and its significance? How do you acquire such a power? Let’s try to answer these questions.
In general, health is the absence of sickness and disease. In the modern world, this definition has become a little bit complicated. The definition is often taken for granted because it is based on reality. But it is an historical fact that health has been understood not only as a physical condition but as a mental and emotional state, too. This is why many politicians and doctors use the same definition in explaining the condition.
The definition “exercise in balance with diet and a good healthful diet” is especially useful in defining health in developed countries, where a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and lack of exercise are major causes of death and disability. The definition is very useful in defining health in other countries, where people live an active, healthy and balanced life. The problem is, in many developing countries, people are very inactive and eat an unhealthy diet. This can cause obesity, heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases. And it may also lead to deficiencies in essential nutrients.
But there is hope! There have been some important developments over the last few years. One of them is to redefine chronic illness. According to the definition used by many medical professionals, any physical ailment that lasts for more than six months without cure is termed as chronic illness. However, this definition may need to change because the presence of various symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has a chronic illness.
Chronic illness has become a term used to describe certain illnesses which cause significant suffering and disability. This definition has been greatly enhanced by the introduction of advanced diagnostics and new ways of testing. It is now possible to diagnose and treat almost any type of disease. Unfortunately, the definition still needs improvement because many people who go undiagnosed or untreated may still suffer some disability. Therefore, any health policy that aims to improve the quality of life of its users must include a definition of chronic illness in order to define what ailing people are and how they can be helped.