How much of our health and well-being can we control? It turns out to be a large portion. At least where we have some control. The chart to the right shows that for 70% of the factors, we can exercise some control. Behavior accounts for the largest piece at 40%. We can contribute in small ways to our social and environmental factors and healthcare itself.
We obviously have more control over our health behaviors. Research suggests that behaviors, such as smoking, diet, and exercise are the most important determinants of premature death. We can influence these behaviors through wellness features or disease management initiatives.
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Social determinants take a more macro or environmental look at what shapes individuals’ health. Data analytics looks at these factors when mining data to identify cost drivers and cost influencers.
These factors also contribute to stress. Evidence shows that stress has a huge impact on health.
A startling fact is zip code (where a person lives) has a higher predictive value toward your longevity and health than genetics (CDC)! These social determinants are more prevalent in some communities versus others, where smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, and alcohol abuse remain, and contribute directly to chronic illnesses.
Many factors influence an individual’s health. But by controlling bad habits, we can start to make an impact and live healthier lives.