An approach to primary prevention from the aspect of applied physiology

Róbert Frenkl, G. Pavlik

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The main reason for our decreasing population number - a most remarkable indicator of the inadequacy of our health culture - is the high rate of overall mortality. In its background one finds a number of risk factors of high prevalence, such as hypertension disease, addiction pathology, reduced stress tolerance as well as physical and psychic inactivity. Patterns of life that are positive are scarce and as yet not attractive or efficient. The spirit of primary prevention is yet far from permeating medicine; the most the clinical side did realize has been a recognition of the population's need for regular medical screenings. A completely new approach that involves prevention programs embracing the whole of society, and an elaboration of new strategies are badly needed to achieve a desirable change in the present set of values. One of the already available remedies is to give full and science-based support to the positive life patterns in our culture, for instance by demonstrating how p h ysiology can be applied to human life, by putting the latter within a broader scope, namely that of psychophysiology and social psychology. In this framework the elements to be discussed are such aspects of culture as dietary habits, physical exercise, and mental and sexual hygiene. Placing greater emphasis on sports and intense habitual physical exercise can promote a healthier lifestyle, above all in our youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-218
Number of pages6
JournalActa Physiologica Hungarica
Volume86
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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Keywords

  • Applied physiology
  • Health culture
  • Mortality
  • Risk factors
  • Stress tolerance

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  • Physiology

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An approach to primary prevention from the aspect of applied physiology. / Frenkl, Róbert; Pavlik, G.

In: Acta Physiologica Hungarica, Vol. 86, No. 3-4, 1999, p. 213-218.

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