(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) When we discuss aboutlife management several keywords come into our mind such as time management,health management, behavior management, home management, expenses management,sleep management, and stress management and so on. This article is going todiscuss about personal health management and health awareness which isconsidered a great issue in Afghanistan. In Afghan social literacy, the word'health is used when someone is faced a serious health trouble. Nobody knowswhat personal health management is? How the quality of our lives depends onquality of good health? Why kids andadults lost their concentration in their learning life? Why people becomebad-tempered and nervous? Why sometimes we feel lethargic? Why our public health system's view remainedvery traditional and confined to the reactive programs? Why our universities are not able to explainthe importance of health and nutritious awareness in the country.
The real answer tothese questions lies in modernization of our views about health and health caresystem. As long as we do not change our mentality regarding health and healthsystem, we would not be able to have a healthy generation in the future. If wedo not have a healthy nutritious system and good public awareness, our peoplewill keep blindly using harmful antibiotics, chemical medicine and uselessfoods. Due to lack of awareness our people sell their natural and richagricultural food products but buy useless stuffs and harmful medicine whileinflicting negative consequences in our society. In the end of the day, Afghanistan would getthe place of most dangerous places in the world to live a healthy life.
Health reports showthat Afghanistan is one the world countries with the lowest life expectancy,around 45 years, while comparing to the developed countries averaged with some85 years of life expectancy. However, there are multiple factors blamed forthis issue such as insecurity, poverty, addiction, collapsed infrastructure, devastatedcities and communities, broken families and psychological pain. But we tend topay less attention on new factors such as health awareness and healthmanagement. For example, people tend to eat what they desire not what theyneed. Due to lack of awareness we spend a lot of money on medicine but not onfood and body immune system. As a consequence, more than half of Afghan girlsand boys suffer to damage their minds and bodies that cannot be undone,especially if they are poorly nourished in the crucial first three years oflife.
Undeniably, poverty factor plays a verydestructive role in our society, but as facts and evidence shows both rich andpoor people equally suffer from some non-poverty factors. The non-povertyfactors can include lack of lack of drinking enough water, good sleepmanagement, lack of physical exercise, lack of good socialization and soon. One of the very common problems thatcause a lot health problem to both rich and poor people equally is dehydration.Many are not aware that water is essential for our bodies to function such asremoving waste, and carrying nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since welose water daily through urine, bowel movements, perspiration, and breathing,we need to replenish our water intake. Furthermore, drinking water helps inlosing weight. As study carried out among overweight or obese people showedthat water drinkers lose 4.5 more pound than a control group! The researchersbelieve that it's because drinking more water helps fill stomach, making onefeel less hungry and less likely to overeat.
The second factorthat affects both the rich and the poor is bad behavior. The research findingshas already shown that healthful behaviors can help stay active and healthyinto age of 60s, 70s, and beyond. While we often stress about small stuff — theguests are here, and we are not ready! — It's the nagging, long-running formsof stress, such as a family dispute, that put our longevity at risk. Chronicstress hastens the cellular deterioration that leads to premature aging and avast array of serious diseases. This sort of cell death 'turns out to be one ofthe strongest predictors of early diseases of aging and in many studies ofearly mortality has already confirmed the issue. The remedy suggested by expertsto peace with the people, forgive the family, forgive ourselves and put thepast behind.
Unfortunately, halfof the Afghan population aged 15 years or older is affected by the lastmentioned issue and it is similar to communicable disease and includes severaltypes akin to: depression, anxiety, hyperactivities, aggressions and posttraumatic stress disorder. These disorders contribute to community and domesticviolence and to the high levels of malnutrition in the country as theyadversely affect maternal care giving in diverse ways. In addition, existingsuperstitions and social restrictions are big challenges for women's access tomental health services in Afghanistan.
By and large, humanlifespan has dramatically increased over the last century due to discoveringmultiple factors effect on health. The most common ones are consist of physicalexercise, good eating, good habit and good behavior. Natural changes to thebody as we age can lead to a gradual loss of muscle, reduced energy, and achyjoints. These changes may make it tempting to move less and sit more. But doingthat can raise our risk for disease, disability, and even death. Academicevidence shows that the best way to boost the chance of living a long andactive life is to follow the advice we likely heard from our parents or sporttrainers: eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and stay away frombad habits.