We all know that health is wealth! So, what exactly can be termed as health?
WHO has defined health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not just an absence of a disease."
World Health Organization was founded on 7th April 1948; World Health Day is celebrated on account of the same. The World Health Day provides us with an opportunity to provide awareness and prevention of some important health issues like communicable and non-communicable diseases. Out of which non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a leading cause of deaths.
Some important facts by WHO on NCDs are:
The NCDs have a huge impact on global health. Another condition that is important and needs to be addressed is mental health. For this WHO is leading the World Health Day campaign with the theme of Depression - Let's Talk!
The theme of World Health Day campaign 2017 is depression. This year's campaign slogan is - Depression: Let's Talk. Let's get to know a little bit more about depression.
Over 300 million people suffer from depression around the world, out of which less than 10% receive effective treatment. If depression is left untreated it could lead to suicidal tendencies. Approximately 800 000 people commit suicide and die every year. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in 15 - 29 years age group.
Depression symptoms can be broadly classified into the 2 types:
Now that we have discussed on all the NCDs and depression which have a serious impact on our health; be it on our body or on our mind; let's discuss on how we can tackle them.
Prevention is better than cure. Prevention does not mean just consuming healthy food and exercising; it also includes health screening for keeping a check on your health status. Hence, a preventive health checkup serves to be an advantage for preventing almost any condition. Any disease, when diagnosed at an early stage, can be treated effectively and completely.
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