Nescens Clinique De Genolier – Preventive Healthcare
Andrés Oppenheim, General Manager, Nescens Clinique De Genolier
- What is preventive healthcare?
Preventive healthcare, at its core, takes a holistic approach in assessing a client and then taking steps to prevent diseases. Rather than seeking treatment after getting sick, preventive clinics like Nescens assess and examine a number of different influences such as genetic, lifestyle and environment to determine the risk of a client contracting a certain disease.
- How important is it as against sickness care?
Preventative medicine avoids diseases, the opposite of curative medicine that tries to remedy, cure or palliate the symptoms once they are already there. It preserves good health. In addition, preventive medicine allows anticipation, what reduces costs by preventing the appearance of diseases.
- Is prevention all about the everyday lifestyle choices we make?
Our everyday lifestyle choices, while not the sole contributing factor, certainly play a big role in the prevention of harmful diseases. Notably, and the first that come to mind, would be heart disease – the world’s number one cause of death – and obesity.
Both diseases are a result of or direct impact from one’s lifestyle choices, and are usually not mutually exclusively from each other. Irregular or inadequate physical exercise, unhealthy diet, smoking and drinking are all contributing factors to either heart disease or obesity.
Cessation, or regulation of, unhealthy and harmful lifestyle habits can greatly reduce the risk of these types of diseases.
- In the modern context Wellness is unattainable, exclusive, or too expensive – please comment.
Health is priceless and prevention is much better than cure. Avoiding a stress-related illness, for example a burnout, is economically much more advantageous than treating it when the disease is already there without taking into account the economic consequences for the individual and society.
- What is Wellness medicine?
While being healthy is associated with treatments of the body, wellness is something else entirely. It concerns one’s mental, social, environmental and spiritual well-being as well as their health – and is an encompassing way to determine the overall well-being of an individual.
To be well is to be healthy and in peak condition. Everything to supplement your health after that fact can be considered wellness medicine and can be seen as going above and beyond. People who take personal responsibility for their health, actively reduce unnecessary risk and who seek to always improve their quality of life essentially practice wellness medicine.
- Do the psychological, social, and economic determinants of a disease play a role in preventive healthcare?
Yes, the global approach of preventive medicine takes into consideration not only the individual as a person but also the role he plays in the society he lives in, his family, work and geographical environment. By identifying risk factors, preventive medicine allows reducing those which have a negative impact on one’s health.
With our approach, we take into account all these factors when planning to preserve the health capital of the person.
- Is the Mind Body connection a major aspect of preventive care?
Absolutely. We know that the human being is much more than the physical body and therefore mind and body must be in perfect harmony. Mens sana in corpore sano and vice versa. The perfect balance between Mind & Body is the key to good health. The spiritual dimension of the individual is taken into consideration in the evaluation of the person.
- Can you give 10 tips for a preventive healthcare regime that we all must adopt?
- Maintain an ideal body weight, minimize overweight and risk for obesity. A healthy body weight preserves you from a variety of health risks which develop with age.
- Exercise regularly to fight against a sedentary lifestyle. Fitness is a key to maintaining functional longevity.
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco as these increase cardiovascular risk factors.
- Maintain adequate body hydration with appropriate intake of fluids – mainly water. Avoid sodas.
- Avoid stress factors and fight against stress exposure. Manage with yoga, meditation and other anti-stress therapies.
- Maintain sufficient rest time and improve sleep quality. Take care of sleep disorders.
- Increase protection against external aggressions such as pollution, ultra-violet, noise, etc.
- Have a well-balanced nutrition and avoid excess sugar.
- Maintain social activities and remain active.
- Invest in and maintain sufficient intellectual activities.
- Can you give 10 tips for an anti-ageing regime that we all must adopt?
- Do regular medical check-ups and surveys. A lot of disease could be prevented or early diagnosed.
- Short fasting such as a day per week.
- Restrict caloric intake, especially glucose.
- Fiber rich diet including electrolytes, oligo elements and rich vitamin nutrients.
- Add dietary supplements if recommended.
- Avoid processed food (industrial) and choose natural flavors and organic food.
- Screen for chronic disease and genetic predisposition.
- Engage in social and intellectual activities.
- Take care of yourself such as one’s appearance,
- Maintain a positive attitude, mood and remain optimistic. Remain young in your mind.