There’s an old adage in medicine: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I couldn’t agree more.
The problem with a lot of truly preventive medicine is that there’s not much money in it.
The real money (for drug companies) is in treatment.
To an extent, there also is money in diagnosis, for example, mammography and blood tests for prostate cancer.
It is a sad fact that the medical approaches that get the most attention tend to be those that are the most lucrative.
When things are cheap, there often is not the commercial will and push that can be instrumental in their popularization.
One approach, which shows considerable promise as a disease-preventer, is optimization of vitamin D levels.
Higher levels of vitamin D are associated with reduced risk of a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and several forms of cancer.