Nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely each year, but 20%-40% of those deaths are preventable, according to the CDC. How can they be prevented? By seeing a family physician for proper preventative care.
Statistics Show Most Common Health Concerns Are Preventable
Some of the most common chronic health conditions include lung cancer, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.
- Lung cancer: Statistics show that 9 out of 10 of all lung cancer deaths are due to smoking—an act that can be overcome with care and commitment.
- Type 2 diabetes: Although genetics and ethnicity play a role in this condition, weight and diet are important factors too. Statistics show that 58% of cases can be completely prevented.
- High cholesterol: Studies have shown that high cholesterol caused by a genetic mutation is rare. The majority of cases are caused by a poor diet and overall health.
These three health conditions are just a sampling of those that can be prevented with proper preventative healthcare. Preventative care can help you quit smoking, test for diabetic risk factors, help you discover a healthier lifestyle to reduce your cholesterol and more.
What Happens During a Preventative Health Check-Up?
A preventative health check-up is a visit with your primary care physician. During the visit, your physician will do a complete physical exam and discuss any symptoms, your lifestyle, medications and current care regimens. If your physician feels like you require further testing for chronic illness or disease, tests will be ordered.
Your doctor will also order any required testing you might need such as a colonoscopy, mammogram or pap smear. If your body is experiencing the beginning stages of any disease, it will be found through proper preventative care.
Preventative Care Can Make All the Difference
When it comes to living a healthy life, preventative care can make all the difference. To learn more about preventative healthcare or our preventative services, give us a call at 480-718-9960 or schedule an appointment online.