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Survey: more than half of Latvian residents are half-serious about their health

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU44% of Latvian residents use all medicine prescribed by their doctor when they get sick, according to data from Mana Aptieka&Apotheka health index.

Survey results also show that women are more reasonable in the use of prescribed medicine – among the 44% are 49% women and 38% men. Data also shows that seniors (55 to 77) use all prescribed medicine. Youngsters – 18 to 24 – ignore doctor’s advice the most often.

«Data raises concerns, because it shows that more than half of the country’s residents are only half-serious about their health. This is a serious index that shows the need for a discussion and explanation to society how important proper use of medicine really is. By properly using medicine, we prevent the possibility of irreversible damage to our health from setting in,» explains Mana Aptieka certified pharmacist Agnese Ritene.

She also says heath index’s results, unfortunately, mean that some residents do not comprehend the severity of the situation when their use prescribed medicine improperly and change therapy regime at will. «Data also shows that this trend may be related to residents’ financial situation – 36% of residents who purchase and use prescribed medicine come from the social group with low income.»

Survey data also shows that respondents who consider their lifestyle as healthy also more often use all prescribed medicine (48%). As a comparison – among residents who view their lifestyle as unhealthy, the ratio of such people is 39%.

The pharmacist notes – if residents have questions about specific medicine, they should ask their doctor or pharmacist, who will explain how medicine works and what possible side-effects it may have on a person’s health.

1,003 residents aged 18 to 74 were interviewed as part of the survey.

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