Editorial on Preventive Medicine: The Need

We are currently facing a health crisis worldwide, with the associated comorbidities worsening the condition in many, which has largely been brought about by preventable risk factors. Specifically, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, psychologic stress, and excess body mass, the risk factors most intricately linked to chronic disease, are alarmingly high and on the rise. Moreover, these unhealthy trends are increasing in low- to middle-income countries. Seemingly, we have become efficient in prolonging the lifespan through traditional healthcare and managing chronic disease. It is now being broadly recognized that preventing an unhealthy lifestyle by appropriate interventions is the global way forward to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease. In this regard, we need to rethink the traditional model of a hospital and outpatient clinics. Prevention of chronic diseases largely takes place outside of hospitals and outpatient clinics. To promote lifelong wellness, prevent chronic disease risk, and prolong the health span, a number of other settings must become part of the future healthcare enterprise.


Umme Rumana

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