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What are some risk factors that may be controlled to prevent serious illness? How can you control them?

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The preventative measures for serious illnesses are discussed. Risk factors which may be controlled to prevent serious illnesses are given.

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Serious Illness and Risk Factors
What is a serious illness? According to the Human Resources department of Ohio State University (2013), "A serious health condition is defined as an illness, injury, impairment, or physical/mental condition that meets any one of the following:

Involves inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility, including any period of incapacity or any subsequent treatment in connection with such inpatient care.

Continuing treatment by a health care provider that consists of a period of incapacity for more than three consecutive days that also involves treatment two or more times by a health care provider, or treatment at least once by a health care provider which results in a regimen of continuing treatment.

Periods of incapacity related to pregnancy and childbirth, including prenatal care.

Chronic conditions-episodic incapacity (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy), permanent/long-term conditions (e.g. Alzheimer's, terminal cancer), or multiple treatments (e.g. chemotherapy, dialysis)."

Above - said scope and definition of what constitutes a serious illness allows us an understanding that an illness can be considered serious if it incapacitates, is permanent/long-term and is chronic. The US Department of Labor meanwhile defines serious illness, ...

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