Statistics overwhelmingly show that preventative health care works. Men and women who have a primary care physician and partake in regular annual physical exams experience a higher quality of life and longer life expectancy. Chronic diseases account for 7 out of 10 deaths within the U.S. Yet, most chronic diseases are preventable when detected early through the correct screenings and preventative care.
What Is Preventative Care?
The goal of preventative care is to help you prevent chronic illness and disease through yearly check-ups as well as age and gender-specific screenings your doctor can discuss with you. These include:
- Vaccines: From flu shots to disease prevention, vaccines not only keep your family safe, but they also make the community’s health stronger.
- Mammograms: Women over 40 should have this performed annually to detect risks of breast cancer in its early stages.
- Testicular and prostate exams: Crucial to identify cancer risks in men starting at age 15 for testicular cancer and age 40 for prostate.
- Colorectal screening: Starting at age 50, everyone should be screened for colon cancer risks.
What Preventative Care Can You Start Today?
Your doctor can assess your current health, address and treat any existing conditions, and outline the preventative measures that will ensure your best health for years to come. Such measures may include any of the following:
- Exercise: Studies show bodies that exercise increases heart performance, reduces blood pressure, helps maintain weight, strengthen bones and prevent cancer among many other benefits.
- Quit smoking: Not smoking reduces your risk of cancer, diabetes and lung damage. Quitting by age 40 reduces your chance of smoking-related disease by 90%.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity contributes to risks for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Keeping a healthy weight prolongs life and increases performance.
- Physician visits: Your doctor can address your concerns, monitor your health and strategize care, as well as coordinate with a specialist for specialized care.
- Annual wellness exams: Having a regular checkup creates a detailed health history and can alert your doctor to any changes or concerns. Annual wellness exams have proven to be a reliable indicator in identifying health concerns before they become risks.
Preventative Care Can Save Your Life
Heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and even mental health are significant health concerns that, when detected early, can be treated and prevented. It’s best to have your health assessed by a primary care physician and find out what preventative measures you can take for your healthiest future. To learn more about preventative care, send us a message.