Be aware of your health

2015-09-22 06:00

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With the turn of the weather, more people are coming out of the winter slump in celebration of just about everything.

September is not only the month we celebrate Heritage Day, but also the month we celebrate many days and weeks in recognition of health and well-being.

The month plays host to awareness of Albinism, Bone Marrow Stem Cell Donation and Leukaemia, Cervical Cancer, Childhood Cancer, Eye Care, Muscular Dystrophy and Oral Health. It is also National Heart Awareness Month and the National Month of Deaf People.

While Headache and Migraine, Pharmacy, Kidney and Back Awareness celebrate weeks, some conditions, such as Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, International Gynaecological Health, World Suicide Prevention, National Oral Health and National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also have special days dedicated to them.

The question we should be asking ourselves is “is it enough to only pay attention to our bodies once a year?”

The awareness programmes do their job – bringing recognition to these sometimes overlooked disorders and illnesses. It forces some people to take tests and pay a little more attention to their health, or to donate to a worthy cause. But is enough being done to leave a lasting impression on us?

What will it take to get us to sit up and listen?

Will we only act when it affects us?

Reality is that we should be looking after our oral health, our hearts, our eyes and our bodies in general.

Many serious ailments can be cured if caught early and in most cases prevention is key. Is it not then worth knowing that everything is running in tip top shape?

Experts recommend a visit to your doctor at least once a year, but most people just don’t bother.

In the end, health officials will talk and promote taking care of yourself, but taking action is up to you

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