Why is preventive medicine so important?

Preventive medicine is important for preventing the onset of chronic disease and preventing existing health conditions from worsening. Preventive medicine is a key part of care provided by internists, family doctors and primary care physicians.

For example, people with high blood pressure will be counseled on eating healthier and exercising, and medication will be given to keep blood pressure from elevating. Their blood pressure will be monitored, and if it is not controlled, medication will be adjusted. Healthcare providers try to prevent the consequences of high blood pressure, which can be a stroke or heart attack.

For prevention of cancer, screenings are key. If cancer is caught earlier it can be treated more effectively. People can also be referred to other specialists or subspecialists in internal medicine if they require additional screenings like a colonoscopy for colon cancer (which would be overseen by a gastroenterologist).
Cres P. Miranda Jr., MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Preventive medicine saves lives, says Cres Miranda, MD, a cardiologist at MountainView Hospital. In this video, he says starting early in your life will have great benefits.

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Wellness is a difficult word to define. Traditionally wellness has meant the opposite of illness and the absence of disease and disability. More recently wellness has come to describe something that you have personal control over. ...

Wellness is now a word used to describe living the best possible life you can regardless of whether you have a disease or disability. Your wellness is not only related to your physical health, but is a combination of things including spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness. Wellness is seen as a combination of mind, body and spirit. Different people may have different ideas about wellness. There is no single set standard for wellness and wellness is a difficult thing to quantify.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.