Revolutionizing global health: Changing healthcare from reactive to preventative

 The blue line represents the lifetime cost of sick care vs. the red line cost of healthy care.

Even though the number of people living past 100 is increasing exponentially at the moment, for the first time in the last 200 years a child born in the United States has a lower life expectancy than his or her parents.

Two of the biggest health challenges facing modern society include cancer and cardiac disease. With ever-increasing knowledge and medical capability regarding disease prevention and treatment, the tools to reverse the decline of life expectancy lie within our reach.

Yet increasing life expectancy also means increasing medical expenses. The most medically expensive years of an individual’s life are the last five; by increasing the amount of time a person continues to age also increases the amount of money that person must spend to sustain life.

When it comes to health and longevity, there are many interesting relationships occurring in today’s society related to lifestyle. Countries with the highest energy consumption rates are topping the charts with lowest life expectancy. The average number of calories consumed daily has increased more than 50 percent in the last 40 years.

These figures strongly suggest that food addictions to products such as sugar and corn, which comprise a large proportion of foods found on today’s modern grocery store shelves, are playing a devastating role in the decline of health and life expectancy.

To combat these circumstances, we must revolutionize the way we approach healthcare today. Instead of practicing medicine reactively by treating symptoms and diagnoses, a cultural change needs to be made so that as a society, we embrace preventative, personalized healthcare. By spending more money and energy upfront to understand an individual’s personalized environmental health risks, the long-term effect is longer life and decreased medical expenses through effective disease prevention.

Join experts and peers on May 8 and 9, 2013, in Newton, Massachusetts in attendance of the Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit. The summit, hosted by PerkinElmer, will feature numerous presentation tracks focusing on subjects relating to global health, such as next generation sequencing, in vivo imaging, targeted small molecules, tissue and cellular imaging, proteins and biologics, informatics, epigenetics, cellular and tissue imaging, and biotherapeutics.

Click here to watch a video PerkinElmer Life Sciences and Technology President Kevin Hrusovsky give a presentation on modern health trends at a previous RGH Summit.

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