We’ve all heard how that we’re living longer, but it’s nice to see it confirmed by statistics!
Statistics Canada has charted the changes in causes of death from 1950 to 2012, and it reveals a major shift in our attitude to health. The first good news is that over the 62 year period charted, Canadian death rates dropped by almost 54%. That’s a lot of people enjoying life for longer.
Driving diseases to extinction
The report reminds us of the major health risks those living in the first part of the 20th century encountered, including diphtheria, smallpox, polio, and tuberculosis. The introduction of public health improvements such as chlorinated drinking water, milk pasteurisation and routine childhood immunisation consigned many of these to almost extinction in Canada.
Healthier hearts, healthier lungs
More good news – deaths from circulatory system diseases such as heart disease and stroke have dropped dramatically over the timespan of the report, down by an impressive 80% in women. Equally, the female mortality rate from breast cancer has also tumbled, again possibly due to screening initiatives and better public awareness.
By contrast, deaths from cancer actually increased amongst men from 1950 to 1988, but then dropped dramatically by 27.5%. This was mainly due to a decline in lung cancer, which in turn may have been due to a change in attitude towards smoking.
Perhaps the biggest change of all, however, is the overall awareness of Canadians that a healthy lifestyle and an active approach to wellness is key to keeping healthy and active for longer. Most people will be aware that lots of factors impact on their their health – include diet, amount of exercise, work/life balance, alcohol and smoking, workplace conditions, etc.
At AMG London, our healthcare professionals all recognise this interaction between your everyday life and your health. So, our practitioners work together to address all the elements that might contribute to the the actual condition or health issue you may have.
Help is just a walk away
With so many practitioners in the same building, your doctor may refer you to a specialist who is literally just down the corridor.
So, for example, you might go to your GP or doctor due to sore heels or aching joints. Your GP might recommend you consult a podiatrist to check your gait (walking). At AMG London, you can stroll from your GP’s office down to the podiatry clinic, where your medical notes will be ready and waiting on our e-portal system. Your podiatrist will have all the notes from your doctor, so you won’t have to repeat details or try to remember odd medical terms like plantar fasciitis!
Equally, your doctor may advise you to reduce your risk of heart disease or circulatory conditions through improving your diet and implementing an exercise regime. Again, at AMG London, our doctors can quickly refer you to our dietitian, or recommend our Rejuvenation Plus program.
What is Rejuvenation Plus?
RejuvenationPLUS is designed to help you train your body and mind towards:
- A healthy lifestyle
- Better wellness
- Increased physical fitness.
RejuvenationPLUS focuses on five key areas ;
- Cardiovascular Fitness
- Strength Training
- Functional and Flexibility Training
- Nutrition Coaching
- Mindfulness Coaching
The professionals at AMG London will support your throughout the 90 day program with specialist education, individual coaching, and training, for long-term and sustainable results.
For details of our Rejuvenation Plus program, call us or ask your AMG London physician or health professional at your next appointment.
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