medical-consultationWhat do we mean when we say the words “preventive medicine?” This is no doubt a broad term that can mean different things depending on who you’re speaking to. However in a more general way, it’s actually quite simple. Preventive medicine refers to the everyday things that people do routinely to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Essentially, living right to prevent potentially serious health concerns before they occur. Although every person is unique and may require different things, our healthcare providers at Family Practice Center wanted to present a few more universal preventive medicine tips that anyone could benefit from following.

Avoid Smoking At All Costs

It cannot be said enough how destructive smoking can be for your overall health. And that goes for other forms of nicotine like chewing tobacco and vaping as well. Smoking has been proven to shorten the length and negatively affect the quality of a person’s life, while drastically increasing the risk of lung cancer, heart problems, skin issues, and more. If you do smoke, speaking with your healthcare provider about how you can quit. This should be your #1 health priority.

Do What You Can To Manage Your Weight

Successful weight management is one of the most critical aspects of preventive medicine and long-term wellness. It’s a fact that the link between body weight and many of the most common health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes is very strong. On the other hand, keeping a healthy body weight can help lower the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and other cardiovascular issues, while keeping the rest of the body functioning at a higher level. In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, the importance of developing and sticking to a regular exercise regimen cannot be overstated.

Keep Up With Regular Health Screenings

Booking annual health screenings is essential for detecting potential health concerns when they are in their earliest and most treatable stages. This includes screening appointments for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and more. Additionally, screenings for normal measures of a person’s health like blood pressure and cholesterol also provide essential information about overall health and wellness, as well as lifestyle changes that can be incredibly helpful. We include all such screenings as part of Comprehensive Physical Wellness Exams performed in our office.

Be Aware of Your Family Health History

While having a family history of certain medical conditions is not a guarantee that you will experience this condition yourself, it can absolutely increase your risk and create a need to be more proactive in your prevention efforts. This can be important in cases of certain types of cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and many other serious illnesses. You may not be able to change your genes, but you can absolutely change your lifestyle to promote wellness and prevention.

For more information on our preventive medicine services, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Family Practice Center. We currently have six Atlanta area locations (Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Smyrna, and our newest location in Buckhead) to better accommodate our patients.