The question of investing in your health may seem like a no-brainer for many— after all, who doesn't want to be healthy? But the reality is that you might not be doing as much for your own health as you think you have been. The Philippine Statistics Authority reports that Filipinos' out-of-pocket health expenditures are on the rise, hitting Php 372.8 billion in 2017. In order to avoid falling into the trap of spending too much on hospitalization fees, it's important to keep on top of your health. Here are some ways to do that below.
The Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative says that 60% of diabetics living in Asia, and without further lifestyle changes that number may soon be on the rise. Diabetes isn't the only disease related to diet: depending on what you eat, you may be at risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, dental disease, and osteoporosis. In order to avoid these, the best thing to do is to be more mindful of what you eat. Maintaining a healthy diet reduces your risk for these diseases and more, and keeps you healthier overall.
The benefits of exercise have been discussed at length, but the surprising fact is that Filipinos don't seem to get much of it at all. The Sun Life Financial Asia Health Index found that 6 out of 10 of mid-income Filipinos don't exercise regularly, citing lack of time as one of the main reasons. Exercise can help increase your bone and muscle mass, reduce your chances of obesity, and increase your endorphins. It's important to get into the habit while you're young, so make the time now and hit the gym as soon as you can.
According to the 2016 Healthy Living Index Survey, 46% of Filipinos lack sleep. This makes the Philippines among one of the most sleep-deprived in the region. Getting enough hours of sleep is about more than just comfort: healthy sleeping habits lead to better concentration and productivity, a reduced chance of obesity, and a reduced chance of depression. So make sure you get those hours in!
Get Checked More Often
Another way to keep on top of your own health is to make sure that you're seeing the right professionals. Getting regular check-ups increases the chances of early detection, meaning that you can nip diseases in the bud with early and proper treatment. Your doctor can also provide you with a better nutrition or exercise plan, one that's tailored to your state of health. While the added costs of regular check-ups may seem like a hassle, you'll find that they'll pay off in the long run.
Invest in Health Insurance
Finally, one of the best ways to invest in your health is to simply invest in health insurance. Even with the best preparations, accidents or sudden illnesses can still happen, and when they do it's best to be prepared. If you aren't sure where or how to start, Paramount Direct has a guide on how to pick the best health insurance for young professionals. It's a comprehensive look at the common questions you might have about health insurance, as well as information about pricing and coverage.