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HOW HUMAN BEHAVIOUR MAY INFLUENCE HEALTH AND DISEASE The state of our health is very important to us we spend a lot of time and money on trying to stay healthy but what do we mean by Health The world Health Organisation WHO describes health as a state of complete physical mental and social well-being which is more than just the absence of disease Infectious Diseases An infectious disease is caused by the invasion of a pathogen A pathogen is an organism which invades the body causing disease Infectious diseases are spread by humans carriers or by vectors eg insects flys In other words it must be possible to pass the pathogen from one individual to another Such infectious diseases include colds influenza TB measles and cholera To be included under the term infectious disease are STDs sexually transmitted diseases such as HIVAIDS syphilis and chlamidia Because the method of transmission of the pathogen is usually by sexual activity STOP DENIALL FACE AIDS Non-Infectious Diseases A substantial number of diseases are caused by Lifestyle Starvation Ageing and Genetics Degenerative diseases like Osteoarhritis and Alzheimers disease are seen as a result of ageing Genetic diseases such as Cystic Fribrosis and Downs Syndrome are inherited or because of their genetic combination Deficiency diseases such as Rickets and Scurvy are caused due to a lack of certain vitamins or minerals in the diet Self-Inflicted diseases such as Lung Cancer Alcohol Abuse Anorexia and Bulimia are caused by peoples lifestyles environment and maybe lack of education and awareness We are concerned with infectious diseases sexually transmitted diseases and lifestyle diseases All the diseases that fit under one of the above titles can be reduced or even eradicated if humans change their attitudes and behaviours towards them Below is a list of some of the
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