US Turns to Holistic Healthcare as Life Expectancy Drops
Published: 2017-09-01 - Updated: 2022-09-03
Author: Health at Last | Contact: healthatlastnow.com
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Additional References: Longevity and Life Span Publications
Synopsis: For the first time in almost 25 years, the overall life expectancy for men and women living in the United States has declined. As a nation, more than one-third of all American adults are fat, really fat, to the point of being morbidly obese, which is already tied to an eight-year reduction in life span compared to non-obese individuals. Good health and longevity don't start when you're already sick - it's a lifelong process requiring a supportive, nurturing community group of care environment.
- Life Expectancy Vs. Longevity
Life Expectancy, or longevity, is defined as the expected number of years remaining at a given age denoted by ex, which means the average number of subsequent years of life for someone now aged x, according to a particular mortality experience. Modern life expectancy has substantially changed yearly and cannot be used accurately for long-term predictions. The word "longevity" is sometimes used as a synonym for "life expectancy" in demography. However, the term "longevity" is sometimes meant to refer only to long-lived members of a population, whereas "life expectancy" is always defined statistically as the average number of years remaining at a given age.
For the first time in decades, life expectancy for adults in the United States has declined. As healthcare consumers realize how important preventative care is, they're turning to integrated healthcare practices to ensure both longevity and optimal health.
It's now expected that a person born in 2015 will live approximately 78.8 years, an average projected to be the lowest among wealthy nations by 2030.
As more healthcare consumers realize how unhealthy lifestyle choices impact the likelihood of living longer, there is growing interest in integrated healthcare practices, like HEALTH AT LAST, which take a multidisciplinary approach to optimizing patients' health.
Decline in Life Expectancy
The decline in life expectancy is multi-factored, but research suggests many lifestyle choices impact a person's ability to live longer. As a nation, more than one-third of all adults are obese, which has already tied to an eight-year reduction in life span compared to non-obese individuals. Additionally, the rates of obesity may be helping to increase deaths from major health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Also, unintentional injuries and overdoses leading to early death are rising due to the opioid crisis. Because opioids have been prescribed excessively, over 2 million Americans have become dependent on them. Doctors see over 1,000 people each day in emergency departments nationwide for prescription opioid abuse.
Stephanie Higashi, founder of HEALTH, AT LAST, says;
"Even though we, as a country, spend an excessive amount of money on dealing with devastating health issues, we're not extending our lives or improving their quality. We're doing the opposite: our life expectancy decreases while chronic disease and addiction rates increase. We need to focus on preventive, holistic care that avoids the use of prescriptive medications, wherever possible, to ensure longer lives and happiness."
As part of the integrated healthcare approach of franchises like HEALTH, AT LAST, patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team composed of professionals from several healthcare disciplines, including medicine, chiropractic, nutrition, massage, and acupuncture. Patients reap the benefits of knowledgeable healthcare professionals while achieving optimal health and pain reduction through exercise, proper nutrition, chiropractic therapies, and access to complementary treatments, like acupuncture. By following these integrated healthcare models and achieving a moderately healthy lifestyle, individuals can help extend their life expectancy by as much as seven years.
"Taking care of patients means significantly more than dealing with a problem after it's started. We believe patient care success is a comprehensive approach, treating each patient like they are family, addressing their individual medical needs while educating them on the importance of a sustainable lifestyle - diet, exercise, and stress management. Good health and longevity doesn't start when you're already sick - it's a lifelong process requiring a supportive, nurturing community group of care environment," says Higashi.
As a pre-med student in 1997, Stephanie Higashi was dismayed to find a national healthcare model focused on prescribing medications and performing invasive surgeries without exploring alternative therapies. She began searching for different solutions to medical problems, incorporating alternative healthcare methods into one unique, all-encompassing practice model. Higashi's unique approach to patient care has helped to bring medical professionals from diverse disciplines together with one common goal - to avoid the use of unnecessary drugs and surgery treatments as much as possible while effectively addressing the complex and varied medical needs of each patient. The results are healthier patients and happier doctors.
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