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We Must Focus On Preventing Disease If We Want Our Nation To Thrive

May 30, 2012
by RISA LAVIZZO-MOUREY
The Atlantic

 

As a physician, I know how frustrating it is to look into the eyes of a young patient and tell her she has Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, knowing that these conditions could have been prevented or at least delayed. It's a tragic waste; not only would she be healthier and happier, but her health care would not cost nearly as much.

Unfortunately, this scenario plays out all too often in American medicine. Preventing diseases before they start is one of the most common sense ways to keep people healthy, but this nation continues to focus too narrowly on treating medical conditions after they occur.

 

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