Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Curing chronic conditions via the enforcer #smwhealth Behaviors governed by emotion

I am at Social Media Week Health. I am listening to Dr. Micheal Rozen from the Cleveland Clinic 

When the health care differential grew to 8% in 2000 we lost our manufacturing jobs. If the differential gets to 28% we will lose our Services jobs. We are currently at 20% and projected to reach 28% before the end of the decade.

Chronic disease is a major cost driver. e.g 91% of prescriptions driven by Chronic disease.

We could wipe out our budget deficit if we could manage our chronic disease conditions. Health care costs are america's only problem.

The whole world is getting fatter but the USA is far out in front of the rest of the world.

The route to wellness:
Walk 10,000 steps per day
Eat 5 fruit and vegetables each day
Quit smoking
Eliminate 5 foods from your diet
- Saturated fat
- Trans fat
- Simple carbohydrates
- Simple sugars
- Syrups
- Meditate for 10 minutes at the start and end of each day.

90% of US kids have plaque in their arteries. this is up from 10% in the 1980's.

Wellness is the fourth pillar to solve health issues. (Health Care, Research and Education are the first 3 pillars).

You shouldn't need a magnifying glass to find healthy food in the grocery store

Social Media helps to reduce stress. 

Cleveland Clinic have made 52 environmental and social media changes to improve wellness. 43,000 employees in the wellness program.

There is a 17 year lag between occurrence of obesity and Type II diabetes.

Emotion drives the change but you need social media, environment and support groups to sustain the change in behavior.

Gluten-Free diet? 
1 in 250 people have celiac disease
1-2% have gluten allergies
Gluten intolerance may be as high as 10% of the population.

Steering away from Gluten will help people feel healthier.

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