Why should a healthy person take out a health insurance?

Indeed if we all knew the exact date we would fall sick and the exact diagnosis we would be given, we would probably start doing everything we could to prevent us from falling sick. We would probably start exercising daily, eat a more balanced diet and cut out all the unhealthy vices in our lives (smoking and drinking).

As it stands we do not have a crystal ball and, honestly, even healthy people can suddenly fall sick due to hereditary diseases or exposure to harmful substances in the environment.

At what point then do you take out a health insurance?

Firstly, you need to understand the use of a health insurance. Health insurance helps you to cover the cost of medical, obstetric care and surgical expenses for inpatient treatment. The area of coverage depends on the package you select, but the different zones include Seychelles, Mauritius, India, and South Africa, as well as a worldwide coverage (excluding USA and Canada).

Health insurance will cover the cost of your treatment when you are sick, so the best time to take out a health insurance is before you fall sick. Why? For starters, the coverage is more likely to be cheaper if you are less at risk. Secondly, your current illness will likely not be covered by an insurance policy as you did not have a policy in place when you fell sick. For example, your policy would most likely cover illnesses you will attain from the day the policy became effective and will not cover illnesses you already have.

Why take out a health insurance:

Because you cannot predict when you would fall sick nor what you would be diagnosed with, there are certain risks which can be considered to help you make up your mind:

  • Age: Some health risks increase with age such as heart disease.
  • Environment: Where you live and what surrounds you are important factors to your health status such as lung cancer.
  • Community: Some illnesses are more prevalent in your community as a result of shared or similar lifestyles such as diabetes.
  • Hereditary: A number of illnesses are passed down through genetic inheritance such as breast cancer.
  • Time: Time is a crucial factor when fighting a serious illness which is why delaying treatment as a result of lack of funds, evaluation or waiting periods can be terminal for a patient.

For more information on health insurance, call us on 429 5000 or send an email to info@sacos.sc

Common causes of sudden weight gain

Weight gain is most often a gradual process and happens over a long period of time. It commonly occurs as a result of unhealthy eating habits and a lack of exercise. In some cases, however, weight gain can be rapid and quite inexplicable at first.

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks thyroid hormone and as a result a person experiences slow metabolism. Hypothyroidism is caused by thyroid gland failure, but can also occur following treatments for thyroid cancer or other thyroid-related conditions. Other symptoms would include fatigue, weakness, dry hair and skin, hair loss, cold intolerance, muscle cramps, constipation, depression, abnormal menstrual cycles etc.

A tumour is a swelling inside the body caused by an abnormal growth of tissue. Ovarian tumour is a common cause of weight gain in the abdominal area given that the tumour continues to grow. Tumours can be either benign or malignant (cancerous. Other symptoms would include abdominal pain, trouble eating, irregular menstruation, painful intercourse etc.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a syndrome which affects ovaries, ovulation and hormones in women. It consists of multiple tiny cysts on the ovaries, productions of male hormones (androgens) and irregular period. Women with PCOS tend to have insulin resistance, therefore increasing the risk of obesity and, eventually, Type 2 Diabetes. Other symptoms include acne, excessive hair growth, balding, dark skin patches around the neck and other areas etc. Although there are no cure for PCOS, there are medications designed to control the side effects of PCOS.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition where bacteria normally found in other parts of the gut starts growing in the small intestines. The bacteria produces methane gas thereby affecting the functions of the small intestine causing more calories to be absorbed by the body. It also slows down the body metabolism thus affecting insulin resistance. Other symptoms include stomach pain, cramps, indigestion, constipation, gas etc.

Cushing syndrome
Cushing syndrome occurs when your body is exposed to excessive cortisol hormone for an extended period.Because cortisol plays an important role in regulating blood pressure, blood sugar and managing how the body uses carbohydrate and fat,exccesive exposure can create an imbalance in these functions. Symptoms include fat deposits around the midsection, neck, between the shoulders and upper back, pink or purple stretch marks, skin thinning, acne, muscle weakness, fatigue etc.

It is very important that you consult with a physician if you suspect that you suffer from any of these symptoms. Most of these conditions can be treated or, at the least, managed.

Other common causes of weight gain include digestive problems such as constipation, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux disease and certain food intolerance. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can also cause weight gain, notably during and after treatment. Other types of medications, including birth control pills, can cause weight gain as a side effect.

The most important point to remember is that regular exercise and a healthy diet can help you to combat the negative side effects of your condition. This means giving up certain types of food which is not suitable to your body. It is important that you check the packaging for information on nutrients in processed food items. Carve out a time during the day for a quick burst of exercise to keep your body active.

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