Health Decisions and the Biopsychosocial Model
Cardiovascular disease runs in my family; my grandmother on my mother’s side suffered from heart disease. My mother has extremely high cholesterol, which nearly caused her Pancreas to shut down. I am 37 years old, and I have struggled with weight all my life. Recently, I went for a well-women visit, and my physician ordered blood work. Later that week she calls to inform me, my cholesterol was elevated. My physician actually took the time to go over the risk of high cholesterol, although I did not need medication I appreciated her taking the time to educate me on the risk of having high cholesterol. I knew if I did not make lifestyle changes, I could very well end up with health issues such as cardiovascular disease or other serious diseases. The death of my grandmother and the motional stress of nearly losing my mother from high cholesterol have truly influenced decisions I have made to stay healthy. In addition, seeing my mother change her lifestyle is a true inspiration. Staying healthy includes regular physicals, exercise, and healthier eating habits. By following a healthier lifestyle ultimately will prolong ones quality of life. Social factors can definitely have an influence in ones decision to stay healthy. For example, I have struggled with weight my entire life. About a year ago I was doing very well with maintaining my weight, and when I met my boyfriend I started to put weight back on. Although there is no excuse, sometimes social encounters can make one begin to feel comfortable with their significant other, especially when they have no worries about a healthy lifestyle. I am just happy that I finally snapped out of this phase in my life. These biopsychosocial factors managed to inspire my decisions to live a healthier life, however, some health factors are out of our control. All we can do is make the necessary lifestyle changes to achieve superior health.
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