The Importance of Preventive Healthcare

Prevention is the key to avoiding illness and disease. Preventive healthcare is especially important to avoid many chronic diseases, which can develop over time. Your osteopathic doctor is all about prevention and can help you stay healthy.

What You Need To Know about Preventive Healthcare

Many people make the mistake of waiting until they are ill or have developed a disease to seek out the help of a doctor. Seeking out preventive healthcare from an osteopathic doctor can help prevent illness and disease before they can affect your health. Consider that:

  • Chronic high blood pressure can lead to heart damage or stroke
  • Chronic high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes
  • A high fat diet can lead to narrowed arteries and a heart attack or stroke
  • Smoking can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or lung cancer

Preventive healthcare involves:

  • Regular physicals and exams, which can help identify high blood pressure, circulatory issues, weight gain, and other medical issues
  • Laboratory testing, to evaluate cholesterol levels and blood sugar, to help prevent heart disease and diabetes
  • Imaging studies, to examine bones, tendons, and ligaments for musculoskeletal issues and identify osteoporosis and arthritis
  • Immunizations, to help protect you against contagious diseases including COVID, flu, RSV, shingles, and pneumonia
  • Gender-specific services including reproductive and breast exams, and hormonal testing

Osteopathic medicine focuses on treating your body as one organism, with each part interdependent on the other. A major focus of osteopathic medicine is to keep your body healthy with:

  • Dietary modifications, to promote a healthy intake of nutrients, vitamins, and protein to keep your body functioning well
  • Exercise recommendations, to promote a strong, flexible body by keeping you active and vigorous
  • Stress management techniques, to calm your mind, body, and spirit, so you can live a healthier, happier life
  • Lifestyle changes including quitting smoking, and stopping the use of harmful substances

Want To Know More About Preventive Healthcare?

To find out more about the importance of preventive healthcare, and how your osteopathic doctor can help you stay healthy. Talk with an expert. Call your osteopathic doctor today.

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