It is desirable to be more aware of the factors affecting human health and the prevention and remedial measures, to be taken. Modern media like the internet and electronic mail are utilized to promote health awareness, but are not always reliable or easily understandable to lay persons. Hence it is important to assess and discern between reliable and unreliable information.
This essay is a step taken towards improving awareness regarding health. Herein, an article titled "Trans Fat", electronically published by Health Canada (2005), in It's Your Health, will be assessed critically by this student (article enclosed), in the perspective of the learning gained from the 'Health Studies 200'. The statements made in the article will be analyzed for their presentation of facts without bias, the simplicity of presentation and, usefulness in promoting health awareness; in the process, the student shall try to learn and understand the issues involved in the prevention of diseases and promotion of physical health and fitness.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Government's premier agency for health research, in a report reviewed in the year 2004 states that, "Cardio-Vascular Disease is the leading cause of de...
reviewed in the year 2004 states that, "Cardio-Vascular Disease is the leading cause of death in Canada, accounting for at least 36% of all deaths 37% among women, 35% among men, or about 80,000 people each year". According to Statistics Canada, Health Statistics Division, 1997 figures, Cancer caused 27.2% of all deaths, and was the leading cause, and Cardio-Vascular Diseases (CVD) was behind with 26.6% (see Table 1). Other leading causes for death are (also diseases) Cancer, Cerebro-vascular diseases etc. Deaths caused by 'unintentional injuries' is a negligible .4 %. CVD seem to have increased since the year 1997; but, on the brighter side, "88% of those under the age of 65 will be able to return to their usual work" (Donatelle 417). However, this may be more easily achieved when one gains knowledge and understanding of the role of cholesterol, in CVD and its link with eating habits, as eloquently stated by "The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada" (2004).
Your diet can influence your risk for heart disease and stroke. Eating habits that will lower your risk include eating a high-fiber, lower-fat diet, eating lots of vegetables and fruit, and eating portions of food that are in line with your level of physical activity. A large number of people requiring cholesterol-cutting drugs (nearly 36 million in the US) to avoid CVD problem (Donatelle 427). While family history, diabetes, stress, obesity, eating habits, regular exercise or the lack of it, age, gender etc, are said to determine the chances of an attack for a given person, additional factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking, 'compound' the other existing risks (Donatelle 418). The significance of the article "Trans Fats" (Health Canada 1-2) can be understood, in the light of all the