What Sort of People Do You Help?
There are two types of diseases and conditions.
1. Transmissible diseases and conditions are ones that we “catch”.
We get transmissible diseases from:
other people – for example flu, measles or whooping cough
animals – for example malaria or bubonic plague
contaminated things we touch or eat – for example, gastro-enteritis, legenella (Legionnaires’ Disease) or norovirus
Sometimes, as with Coronavirus, you can catch the disease from more than one source. You can get COVID-19 from people and from objects, and it may well have come to our species from others.
Very often we are able to get through these conditions without needing emotional support, but where a disease causes anxiety or necessitates life changes, NISAD can help by providing the tools to cope emotionally.
We Help With Transmittable Diseases
Currently, NISAD is looking at developing innovative ways to deliver both virus and antibody identification accurately, easily and at a much lower cost than at present.
And we are creating new ways to help people change their behaviours. The Coronavirus has taught us that the way we behave is crucial to our survival.
2. Non-communicable diseases and conditions (NCD&Cs) are ones that we “get” – but don’t “catch”
So they’re things like
lower back, or other long-term pain
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancers,
too much stress, depression
and a feeling that we are flawed or not really worth much
We Help With Non-Communicable Diseases
with innovative ELK-Health apps and games that change habits and help welcome healthier behaviours.
Behaviour change is critical to combatting transmissible diseases, like Coronavirus, and non-communicable diseases.
Sometimes the reason we get NCD&Cs is because of the genes we inherited – for example Parkinson’s, Down’s Syndrome or genetic blood disorders such as sickle-cell disease.
Sometimes the reason we get NCD&Cs is because of our behaviour – we are doing something which is bad for us – or we are not doing something that is good for us.
So, for example, more people who smoke get lung cancer than people who don’t, and people who take even short periods of exercise tend to be less prone to feeling down than their desk-bound friends.
We are experts at helping people change what they do.
Sometimes the reason we get NCD&Cs is down to both our genes and our behaviour. So Type 2 Diabetes is often caused by what we do – but, in addition, some people will get the disease earlier in life, and the damage done is much more serious. For example, those of us with south Asian and sub-Saharan ancestries often get Type 2 Diabetes in our 20s, whilst, globally, the average age is nearer 45.
Feel like you need some changes? – Find out more here.