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What does being healthy mean to you?

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CircusMaximus  Male  North Yorkshire
24-Aug-2020 16:54 Message #4790626
I saw this asked on social media and thought it was a good question. "With all that's going on at the moment, I'm really interested to find out what does "being healthy" actually mean to people"
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BOYDEL  Male  Surrey
24-Aug-2020 17:22 Message #4790628
I imagine it means different things to different people.

Being pedantic about health per se it would mean the absence of any known impairment/risk factor and having no lack of functional capacity.

To others it may mean they do have maybe hypertension/hyperlipidaemia/DM etc but controlled on meds and under regular supervision - with again no overt lack of functional capacity.

Others with same issues may though begin to have twinges of angina of effort needing a shot of trinitrin etc to abort the episode and then learning to live within a certain limitation.

It overall depends on whether the question is meant to be wholly subjective for each individual - or totally objective as in my second sentence above. In many countries it's the custom to ask as a greeting "how are you?" but the default response is supposed to be "Good yes thanks,- and you?". Unless you have just suffered some medical trauma few people want to hear a litany of your medical status.
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persona_non_grata  Male  North London
24-Aug-2020 18:19 Message #4790638
Judging my own health is a lot different now from how I would have judged it 40 years ago. I have never thought of myself as unhealthy.
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd
24-Aug-2020 18:44 Message #4790642
Apart from arthritis, I'd say I'm generally pretty fit and healthy as long as I don't eat things that I'm allergic/intollerant too. I have a good walk every day, I eat properly and have plenty of interests that keep my mind and body active. Of course I'm not as in as good shape as I was when I was younger, but then who is? We all slow down and get aches and pains and stuff going wrong, but I think health is about how you feel in everyday life, how you work with and around health issues.

Probably if you wanted somethig purely subjective, a list of illness, diagnosis etc then I propbably score quite poorly, but I'm not sure what good it would do anyone to go round collating that information. People would want a score or something, then they'd get depressed which is never good, it would only be good if people were helped to change behaviours. What would be the measures of good health anyway?
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eurostar  Female  Merseyside
24-Aug-2020 18:54 Message #4790647
Being alive, unhealthy is death
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BOYDEL  Male  Surrey
24-Aug-2020 19:31 Message #4790660
Being alive and able to live independently is probably enough for most people as they get older to consider themselves broadly speaking as healthy - having made due allowance for the fact that as say a pensioner they will not be able to do what they could in their teens or twenties.

As for collating the health data and assigning a score that will be done usually only if applying for a Life/Health Ins policy - though obvs anyone needing surgery will be appraised as to their likely ability to withstand the procedure.

Somewhat less commonly people like airline pilots will have annual medical examinations at the younger ages and every 6 months at higher ages - with bus drivers having 3 yearly exams until around age 65 when it becomes an annual requirement.

Airline Pilots need a very high level of physical fitness to maintain validity of their Pilot's Licence - and there are specialist insurers who offer cover in case lack of fitness becomes an issue.
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Colonel_Blink  Male  Buckinghamshire
24-Aug-2020 22:12 Message #4790677
I'm reasonably healthy but another member of my family of similar age and lifestyle is unhealthy and susceptible to every cough and sneeze going. Has respiratory problems and always looks pale and ill. You do what you can to stay healthy but there's not always anything you can do.
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FirmButFair-TrollPatrol  Male  North Yorkshire
25-Aug-2020 22:45 Message #4790792
Good health means I don't abuse my system by smoking or by drinking or eating to excess. I can still do almost everything I could do when I was half the age I am now although some things might take a little longer.
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HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
26-Aug-2020 16:06 Message #4790827
I'm somewhere between a fiddle and a butchers dog.
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
27-Aug-2020 07:32 Message #4790851
HoW. Is that a happy place to be?
Male
persona_non_grata  Male  North London
27-Aug-2020 08:45 Message #4790856
He sounds as healthy as a horse!
Female
Sea  Female  Essex
27-Aug-2020 14:43 Message #4790883
To me it means not having any aches or pains and feeling full of energy.
Male
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
28-Aug-2020 08:14 Message #4790926
To me it means not having any aches or pains and feeling full of energy.

Those were the days my friend .......
Male
terry  Male  West Yorkshire
28-Aug-2020 10:38 Message #4790933
To me, 'being healthy' means a state of a mind

Male
FirmButFair-TrollPatrol  Male  North Yorkshire
28-Aug-2020 10:42 Message #4790934
Good reply but what does a healthy mind look like to it's owner?
Male
Colonel_Blink  Male  Buckinghamshire
29-Aug-2020 07:46 Message #4790974
A healthy mind is no less important than a healthy body.
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Gilpin  Female  Middlesex
1-Sep-2020 23:21 Message #4791306
Healthy means …. eating the right things, don't buy what is not going to do your body any good. Exercise, low fat, size 12! use the bathroom scales. And a healthy mind, be positive, I quite like that song when it comes on the radio; Don't Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin, great record.
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tumbled  Male  Gloucestershire
2-Sep-2020 09:21 Message #4791316
I was born healthy......and it's all been downhill from there......
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HonestBob  Male  the Central region
2-Sep-2020 09:46 Message #4791323
Being healthy............ Good question.

I'd guess healthy would be someone who has no long term medical issues, someone who isn't reliant on medication, someone who can perform the basic physical tasks such as walking, climbing stairs or doing up their shoe laces. Although someone on medication could run a marathon....

Then I suppose we have the third category, first two being medical health and physical health.... Third being mental health too.

I guess again, a good balance of all three?
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BOYDEL  Male  Surrey
2-Sep-2020 10:16 Message #4791328
A fourth element is age as there is around 300% excess functional capacity by early adulthood (excluding those with congenital abnormalities) which then declines over time.

Hence by say 70s or 80s a number of people may have very little excess capacity - hence why both very young and very old are susceptible to the annual flu outbreaks as the young have yet to acquire a fully functioning immune system and the elderly have lost a lot of the efficacy of their immune systems.
Female
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex
14-Oct-2020 22:19 Message #4795162
The average age expectancy in the UK is now 81. In the US 78. In Canada 82. I shall avoid all imported US food when we get the trade deal!
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BOYDEL  Male  Surrey
15-Oct-2020 11:02 Message #4795214
UK average survival duration varies by gender/geographic location/socioeconomic group as well.
Female
Bewildered  Female  Norfolk
15-Oct-2020 15:06 Message #4795241
Being healthy means having the strength to get through today

mental health in tatters but gotta keep going ... keep working.... keep caring
Female
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex
19-Oct-2020 17:13 Message #4795562
Boydel.

It was comparing other countries to ourselves in overall health numbers. The average overall figures for the United Kingdom as a whole to Canada & USA.


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