Are you paying attention, we have World Health Day on 7 April 2016 from WHO.
Who is WHO?
WHO is the World Health Organization and their job is to inform us all what is going on.
So what does WORLD HEALTH mean to you and me – the average on the street?
Are we bothered about World Health really?
Do we really care about our world and its health?
Are we aware of what the state of our world health is?
Who sets the marker for the word Health?
Who defines what true Health is in our world today?
Are those who run WHO, healthy?
Do we think we are healthy if we haven’t got the ‘C’ word?
Could world health actually have something to do with our own personal health?
If you think about it, you, me and everyone else is the world, so all of our health put together is WORLD HEALTH.
What does the Oxford English Dictionary say about this word health?
The state of being free from illness or injury.
A person’s mental or physical condition.
Let us look at some simple stuff about Diabetes, which is the WHO hot topic for this year.
Well thank God you might be saying that they discovered insulin 94 years ago but what is it saying really when we get to know that it is one of our oldest known diseases. This is huge and what is it about the way we are living that could possibly indicate that something is not right if Diabetes is on the rise. Check out some of the facts below.
The WHO’s job is to bring us more awareness and here is some relevant information taken from their website:
350 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number likely to more than double in the next 20 years.
In 2012 diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths.
Diabetes is one of the major causes of premature illness and death in most countries, mainly through the increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease is responsible for between 50% and 80% deaths in people with diabetes.
WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030.
Total deaths from diabetes are expected to rise by more than 50% in the next 10 years.
The emerging global epidemic of diabetes is linked to rapid increases in people becoming overweight including obesity and physical inactivity.
Studies are showing that children are at an increasing risk of developing diabetes.
Over time diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves causing chronic problems and early death. Diabetes is also a leading cause of blindness, amputation and kidney failure.
Now this is shocking and scary news and it has been said that Diabetes will bankrupt the NHS if things do not improve.
Diabetes can affect anyone including young children and have we as a world just decided to accept this illness and ‘heads down and getting on with it’ as UK Home Secretary Theresa May said when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
The focus so far for almost a century has been to manage life and function with diabetes.
Is this a solution so that we can function?
Could there be more?
Could our lifestyle choices have an effect on our health?
Are we looking at how we are living on a day-to-day basis?
Do we know what our children are up to these days?
What is it that we are doing that is causing Diabetes?
Do we have a hand in our own health and well-being?
Do we just accept the fact that it is genetics and we have the bad luck thing?
Do we ever stop to think that our daily choices might have something to do with it?
Could it be possible that our kids are not getting met for who they truly are?
Could it be possible that not being met is the start of burying emotions?
Could it be possible that food choices are linked to our emotional state of being?
Could it be possible that our youth are exhausted and this is not addressed?
Could it be possible that we start to live in a way that is not supporting our body?
Could it be possible that we check out and give up on life?
Could it be possible that we shut down our heart and become something we are not?
AND as a result of closing down our heart – we are not living our true potential?
Could it be possible that our lifestyle choices CAN make a difference?
Do we ever stop to think that maybe if we started to take RESPONSIBILITY for our own health and well-being, then the WHO days may not be so shocking with the statistics?
We have all heard that saying ‘Our health is in our own hands’.
Could it be possible that our True Health is in our daily choices?
Do we understand the true meaning of Health?
Are we using our body as mere function?
Are we accepting less for some reason?
Are we satisfied if we can just get through one day?
Are we ok with having a solution for our health?
Could it be possible that our health choices affect the whole world?
So what have we accepted as health today in our world?
Do we just see health as not having a medical condition?
Do we include physical health as part of whole health?
Is the absence of illness and disease true health?
Or is there more?
- How about Mental Health?
- What about Emotional Health?
If we are to look at world health then is it time we looked at the WHOLE truth and that means every area of our lives that contribute to the whole world.
Is one day in our calendar enough awareness or do we need to start taking Responsibility for our whole health?
Are reading statistics and knowing the facts going to change World Health?
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10 Facts About Diabetes, World Health Organization. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/diabetes/facts/en/
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(2015, July 15). More Than 135 Diabetes Amputations Every Week.
(2013, July 28). Home Secretary Theresa May Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes.