The COVID-19 pandemic changed a lot of things. Many of these changes are even considered permanent. But if there's one thing that happened because of the pandemic, it's that people have become more vigilant about their health. A weak immune system leads to a higher chance of contracting the coronavirus. So people started taking their vitamins religiously, become disciplined about their eating habits, and began exercising more.
But, even with these efforts, there is still a chance of developing other types of health conditions. And the danger becomes even higher considering many of these health conditions are extremely hard to detect and treat right away. The first step to being more vigilant about our health is knowing these conditions and their causes, symptoms, and forms of treatment. So here are four examples.
Scoliosis is among the most common types of health conditions that affect the spine. A condition that causes a sideways curve of the spine, scoliosis often develops in people before they hit puberty. According to the Mayo Clinic, about three percent of all adolescents suffer from this condition. The thing about scoliosis is that most conditions are mild. This is why many people don't even realize that they have it. They only find out when they get an x-ray.
For mild cases, treatment is not necessary. But some children are often advised to wear a brace for the back to stop the curve from getting worse. For scoliosis in adults, exercises can certainly help. Many clinics all over the world offer exercise sessions to help people manage their scoliosis.
When adults reach a certain age, they start to feel that all of the signs of aging are developing at an alarming rate. They feel the changes in their energy, strength, and endurance. They start watching out for signs of the most common conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, and even various types of cancer. But there's one condition that many adults don't even realize that they have: thyroid disease.
According to a study conducted by health experts at the University of Michigan, up to 60 percent of adults in the United States don't realize that they have thyroid disease. This meant that, out of the more than 20 million people who have this disease, about 12 million of them could be struggling with it right now and not know it. Knowing the people most at risk of this disease will help us know if we should worry or not. According to the study, women, people who are over the age of 60, those who previously suffered from various types of autoimmune diseases, and those who have a history of thyroid disease in their families have a higher chance of developing this disease.
Many adults around the United States suffer from high cholesterol at varying degrees. Because this condition is developed through poor diet and lack of exercise, it's definitely much easier to develop it. But the biggest problem with this condition is that it's extremely hard to detect. The most common symptoms are chest pain, a heart attack, and a stroke. But if we suffer from these symptoms, then it meant that our high cholesterol has reached dangerous levels. Unless we experience these symptoms, the only real way to know if we have this condition is through a cholesterol test conducted by our doctors.
The best way to know right away if we have high cholesterol is to take the test regularly. According to the Mayo Clinic, children and young adults are often tested between the ages of 9 and 11, and 17 and 19. For adults, on the other hand, it's ideal to get tested every five years.
Because the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, it's extremely important to be vigilant about this virus. Various studies have found that about 40 to 50 percent of COVID-19 patients presented no symptoms. So there really is a high chance that we have the coronavirus-or had it before-and never knew about it. And the worst part is that various studies have also found that asymptomatic patients of COVID-19 are the ones with a greater chance of spreading the coronavirus.
This is precisely why governments and other institutions are adamant about wearing masks and practicing social distancing. We might not know that the stranger we're interacting with has the coronavirus-or, worse, we might have it and are unknowingly spreading it.
Knowing about the conditions that we are in danger of having is the first step towards effectively watching over our health. This way, we will know what conditions we need to be careful about.