There’s no better time than right now to invest in your health. Odds are you do it every day — even if you don’t know that’s what you’re doing.
From taking over-the-counter (OTC) medication for headaches, to setting weight loss goals or wearing a fitness tracker, most of us practice self-care every day without realizing it. New research from BeMedWise details just how common self-care is.
Among the report’s 2,000+ survey respondents:
- 92% desire more control over their health
- 89% say they know where to find answers to health questions or concerns
- 80% feel the need to manage their health now more than ever before
- 88% express confidence in making their own health decisions
The full report, titled “Empowering Americans to Take Greater Responsibility for Their Health,” examines how self-care can improve an individual’s health while also reducing medical costs.
It comes at a time where 6 in 10 U.S. adults are living with a chronic disease. Chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression together account for 90% of our $3.3 trillion healthcare budget.
However, the U.S. economy could save an estimated $6.6 billion if just 10% of those with a chronic disease adopted self-care practices.
Below, we’ll describe what self-care is and why it’s having a hard time catching on. Then we’ll send you off