Preventive care is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Catching health problems before they become critical could save your life or that of someone you love. The physicians at Discover Health in North Beach, San Francisco, use education, counseling, and screening to keep their patients healthy. Integrative family medicine specialist Dr. Radha Lewis, and pediatricians Dr. Oded Herbsman and Dr. Jon-Michael Castelli, provide a broad range of preventive care services. Call Discover Health to learn more or schedule your appointment online now.
Why is preventive health care important?
Preventive health care is essential because preventive care saves lives. Anytime your doctor can treat a problem at onset, or even before can make all the difference to a patient’s successful recovery.
By using traditional and modern screening tools, as well as annual physicals and patient counseling, your doctor can detect and prevent certain acute and chronic conditions, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Certain cancers
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
By educating you on how to lower your risk for these and other conditions and screening for early detection, you’ll have better health and better results when problems are caught early..
How can you prevent diseases?
While not all diseases and conditions can be prevented, many can, especially those brought on by lifestyle choices. Through regular counseling and screening, your doctor works to reduce your risk.
For example, if you’re a smoker, your physician encourages you to quit. They may offer you smoking cessation advice, as well as medication that can help you stop. By helping you quit smoking, your doctor may be able to lower your risk for developing:
- Cancers: Including lung, mouth, and throat
- Cardiovascular disease
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms
Preventive care can also recognize the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), which is easily treatable, but often asymptomatic. When left untreated, hypertension can lead to heart attack, stroke, and even death.
Beyond monitoring your health, your doctor may also discuss high-risk behaviors. These may include having multiple sexual partners or engaging in binge drinking.
What is recommended for disease prevention?
When you see your physician at Discover Health, they may recommend positive lifestyle changes that improve your health and reduce your risk of developing acute and chronic conditions.
Depending on your specific case, your doctor may recommend things to improve your overall health, including:
- Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a real-food diet
- Engaging in regular exercise
- Using barrier protection during intercourse
- Reducing high-risk behaviors, including drinking and smoking
If you want to live the healthiest life possible, preventive care is a great first step. Contact the team at Discover Health today to schedule your appointment. Call the office or book it easily online.