It just might save your life.
A recent UK study published in the British Medical Journal found that people with low health literacy (i.e., people who have trouble understanding health information) are more likely to die prematurely. The low health literacy group was 75% more likely to die than people with medium or high health literacy. Although this study was restricted to older adults (52 years and older), the findings aren’t that surprising.
I often find it startling just how little most people know about health. Even when faced with life-threatening conditions, a lot of folks will just take the pill the doctor prescribes and that’s it. They don’t research their condition in order to find out what’s going on with their body. Yikes.
I realize I am probably preaching to the choir…chances are you wouldn’t be reading this blog unless you had some sort of interest in health. What have your experiences been like with friends and family? Why do you think people don’t take the time to educate themselves about their health?