This week the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, which requires everyone to buy health insurance. If we choose not to, we will be taxed for it.
Amanda Ball, a nurse at the University of Arizona Medical Center said, “The best way to solve medical problems is to start with diet and exercise. A lot of problems that I see are problems that could have been smaller if they had been treated earlier.” She believes that because people will have health insurance, they will be able to see a doctor instead of waiting until the last minute.
“The biggest issue we often have is the Tohono O’odham Nation,” said Ball. “They have what we call a cells triad because everyone has diabetes, kidney failure and depression. A huge part of it is their diet and the fact that they eat lots of fry bread.”
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Ball suggests that another factor is what she calls false advertising on exercise. She used the example that if you go running for two miles, you might come back and want to eat two cookies after. The lie, “Well, I workout so I can eat anything that I want.”
Ball’s hope is that with insurance being more available, there will be more education on a having a healthy lifestyle and an overall change in culture.