Hypertension and Health

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Definition of Health

Definition of Health
Health is a term that refers to a combination of the absence of illness, the ability to cope with everyday activities, physical fitness, and high quality of life. The most widely accepted definition is that of the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO states that "health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" (WHO, 1946). Health also includes the ability to lead a socially and economically productive life. Health is to a certain extent a matter of cleanliness, proper diet, and exercise but it can mean more than that. Health is also the conscious and subconscious recognition of the well-being that comes from doing what a person can, with what they have got, where they are. The absence of fulfilling such duty causes anxiety and doubt which weakens the mind, body, and spirit and opens the door to diseases and morbidity. Perhaps perfect health does not guarantee that people will live for a 100 years, nor will it protect them from accidents, but the measure of life is to be found in its quality. A keen interest in the high quality and purpose of one's life provides the best chance for well-being, happiness, and longevity and brings us closer to fulfilling a healthy lifestyle.

Health can be improved by individual effort. Physical fitness, weight and diet control, stress management, and stopping smoking, and other substance abuse are examples of steps to improve one's health. For an individual to maintain homeostasis, one must live his or her life with a clear definition of what health means to them.

It has long been acknowledged that there are certain prerequisites for health that include peace, adequate economic resources, food and shelter, clean water, a stable ecosystem, sustainable resource use, and access to basic human rights. The challenge to meet these fundamental needs...
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