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What You Need To Know About Health Risks

Dec 16, 2020

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A health risk is something that increases your chance of getting or contracting an illness. Health risks do not necessarily mean that you will acquire a disease after exposure, but they increase the probability of getting an infection. There are different determinants of health risk. However, WHO establishes some of them as follows:

Physical Environment: Access and provision of safe water, clean air, healthy workplaces, safe houses, and even the community structures all contributes to human health. When any of such are compromised, they can be a source of a health risk.

Income and social status: This may sound philosophical, but there is a direct link between income and social status to health. Higher-income means a better capacity to access suitable medication and healthy habits. Poverty is itself a health risk as it can compromise the physical environment's quality, including the diet, contributing to ill health.

Education levels: though it is not necessarily the case, low education levels are linked to poor health as it results in low self-esteem and confidence, which can be a source of stress, which in turn is a Health risk.

Employment and Working Conditions: Just as with education levels, employed people and those with control of their working environments are generally much healthier. They can afford the right healthy environment and diets resulting in better health.

Social support Networks: Wholesome human health is influenced by interdisciplinary issues, including social support from friends, family, and community members. Lack of such support can be a health risk as it can develop bad stress levels and depression.

Personal behavior and adapting skills: Personal behavior, including eating habits, smoking, drinking, levels of physical activity, can all be a health risk in some instances. People's adaptability to stressful environments can also be a health risk as those who are hard to cope with stressful environments can develop ill health. 

Culture: customs, believes, traditions can all be health risks in some instances. Though it is not all cultures that pose a threat to human health, however, some do. For example, cultures that uphold Female circumcision are health risks to the initiates.

Genetics: Genetic makeup can be a health risk. Some inherited genes are associated with reduced body ability to fight diseases and cope with a changing environment, thus becoming health risks.

Gender: Men and women tend to be vulnerable to certain diseases at different ages. They are also differently capacitated to adapt to life changes and stressful situations differently, thus influencing their health differently.

Some health risks happen with very little control, and in such cases, they should be reduced to much lower levels as far as it is practical. Reduced health risks mean improved health and quality of life.