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Health Care & Prevention

Health care costs and why everyone needs prevention

Healthcare costs have risen in the United States, and continue to increase. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), healthcare spending in the United States rose nearly a trillion dollars from 1996 to 2015. The study reported that the overall cost of healthcare in the United States was $3.5 trillion or $10,739 per capita in 2017.1

With healthcare costs on the rise, one would think Americans are healthier than ever. However, recent studies paint a very different picture.

The journal, Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, presented the most up-to-date U.S. data on metabolic health in November of 2018.

Data from this study revealed that only 12.2 percent of American adults are metabolically healthy [defined as having optimal levels in five categories: blood glucose, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, and waist circumference].2

Now, maybe more than ever, it’s critical to be your own advocate and have preventative healthcare measures in place. Simply put, it costs too much to be sick.

As a matter of fact, a recent study from academic researchers just uncovered the main reason why most American’s had to file bankruptcy. The survey revealed that 66.5 percent of all bankruptcies were tied to medical issues —either because of high costs for care or time out of work. An estimated 530,000 families turn to bankruptcy each year because of medical issues and bills.3

When it comes to your health, Benjamin Franklin’s axiom rings true. - “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Here are 3 key ways that Kaiut Yoga can help you be your best health advocate:

The practice meets you where you’re at: To be effective, any practice needs to be adaptive per the student’s needs. It takes mastery to lead one’s own practice as blind patterns and bias can work against reaching one’s optimum potential to heal. The Kaiut Yoga Boulder teachers have been trained by Francisco to meet the needs of each student regardless of experience or flexibility.

Switching modes of operation: As modern humans in a technological culture, most of us go through our daily lives in an analytical, problem solving, over-active acomplishing mode. This mode can can lead to unhealthy stress levels, anxiety, and a cluttered mind. Affecting the nervous system and mind in this way can present many problems in the physical body. In Kaiut Yoga, we methodically switch the mindset towards a mode that cultivates presence within ourselves. Once we arrive at a more embodied and present mindset, the internal rhythm slows and a natural healing response similar to a “still point” in osteopathic bodywork is awakened.

Follow nature’s pace and progression: Every one of us has an internal clock aligned with nature. Once we allow, understand and follow this internal pace, a student’s system will naturally change and heal over time.

At Kaiut Yoga Boulder, it is our honor to be a part of your health and wellness team. We are thrilled to release our new class schedule encompassing two locations and 30 classes a week. For all the details, view our class schedule.

References:

1. Published online: “Trends in health care spending”, American Medical Association
https://www.ama-assn.org/about/research/trends-health-care-spending

2. University of Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Only 12 percent of Americans are Metabolically Healthy, Study Finds”, November 28, 2018.
https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2018-11-percent-american-adults-metabolically-healthy.html

3. Koesh, L., “This is the Real Reason Most Americans File for Bankruptcy”, CNBC, February 11, 2019.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/11/this-is-the-real-reason-most-americans-file-for-bankruptcy.html