OMTOM Medical Newsflash: The importance of updating your online medical profile
Congratulations on your decision to commit to a regular exercise programme, through training for a race like the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
In addition to building on your race fitness, regular exercise also reduces your chances of developing one of the chronic diseases that are responsible for over 60% of all deaths in the world.
These diseases, known as chronic lifestyle diseases (a.k.a. non-communicable diseases), include:
• Blood vessel & heart diseases (incl. heart attacks)
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes mellitus (sugar sickness)
• Certain cancers
Even more concerning is that these diseases are responsible for a global epidemic greater than HIV/AIDS.
However, to exercise regularly does not necessarily mean that you will never develop these diseases, or that you may not have risk factors for these diseases. In fact, it is evident that more than a few runners may already suffer from one or more of these diseases.
Therefore, safe exercise - even if you have these diseases or have risk factors for these diseases - is our main concern.
Considering all of the above, the importance of the online medical questionnaire – and your honest completion of it – must be stressed, as it helps us to provide you with the appropriate medical care on Race Day.
In fact, the information gleaned from the questionnaire upon entering the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has already prompted us to encourage some runners to seek medical advice ahead of Race Day.
If you received an email like that, please follow our advice and see your doctor if required.
As we get closer to Race Day, we also request that you update the medical questionnaire with any changes to your health – including whether you were diagnosed with any new medical conditions or if you use new medication.
The first step you can take to avoid medical complications is to log in and update the information on your medical questionnaire.
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