Every individual is responsible for her/his own health and wellness
Mohammad Masood Athar, MD, MPH
Generally good health has traditionally been viewed as freedom from disease; thus, if you are not sick, you are considered healthy, being healthy is the integration of physical, mental and social well-being. The well-being is a good or satisfactory condition of being in good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and healthy habits. Further, the qualitative well-being is characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort towards wellness. The wellness is a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being. Hence, the health and wellbeing, is at the individual level because individual characteristics that influence the behavior, which is reflected in individual’s lifestyle.
The Quran very precisely describes the creation of mankind by Allah, all praise to Him. He fashioned human with the right proportions, and whatever He creates is in the best image. Further, Allah, all praise to Him, breathed into him His spirit to bring to life. That means we the human are the custodian of His spirit, the honor of guest is reflected onto the house, and the guest’s perfection has made it perfect as well. Our body is like a guesthouse where soul stays for an appointed period. Thus, our physical bodies are a trust from Allah, all praise to Him, and we are accountable for how we look after our health. Therefore, every individual is responsible for her/his own health and wellness……
Preventive Health Screening Women
Preventive Health Screening Men
January: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and almost one third will die, but the disease is virtually always preventable with appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests) and vaccination.
Pap and HPV Testing (Screening Test)
A Pap test can find cell changes to the cervix caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV tests find the virus and help healthcare providers know which women are at highest risk for cervical cancer. Pap and HPV tests (either alone or in combination) are recommended for women over 30: each woman should ask her health care provider how often she should be screened, and which tests are right for her.
HPV vaccines can help prevent infection from both high-risk HPV types that can lead to cervical cancer and low risk types that cause genital warts. The CDC recommends all boys and girls get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 as the vaccine produces a stronger immune response when taken during the preteen years. For this reason, up until age 14, only two doses of the vaccine are required. The vaccine is available for all males and females through age 45 but, for those 15 and older, a full three-dose series is needed.