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Importance of Preventative Care

Preventative care is an important way to avoid illness and manage health conditions. Learn more about the role of a primary care physician in preventative care by visiting Oswego Health online. 

Staying Healthy vs. Getting Well: The Role of Preventative Care

No one likes getting sick – which is exactly why preventative care is so important for people of all ages. While you can’t prevent every illness, disease, or condition, oftentimes there are many that you can prevent. You just need a primary care physician by your side to help keep your health on the right track. At Oswego Health, we have a team of primary care physicians who make preventative care a priority to help patients enjoy better overall health. Here’s a look at some examples of preventative care in action.

Immunizations

Flu shots and vaccines are some of the most common forms of preventative care, and you can get them done right at your primary care physician’s office. They help build up your immune system and make it strong enough to fight back against potential illness. Just like you might take extra Vitamin C to boost your immunity, you can get vaccines to effectively combat specific diseases, such as the flu and HPV. Your primary care doctor keeps a record of which vaccinations you’ve had and can make recommendations for additional options if needed.

Vitals

At every doctor’s visit, the first thing the nurse or doctor does is take your vitals. That’s because vitals can tell a lot about your current health status and may alert the doctor to any potential red flags. For example, if they notice your blood pressure has been high lately, they might suggest preventative measures to stop it from becoming a serious problem in the future. In this case, maybe losing weight or cutting back on caffeine would help get your blood pressure back into a healthy range. High blood pressure and obesity can lead to many health risks, so taking preventative action early on is the key. Your primary care physician will be there to monitor your progress at every visit, as well as to provide ongoing support and feedback to make the most of these checks.

Medications

Preventative care is also important when it comes to managing existing conditions. Untreated or unchecked problems can worsen over time and lead to bigger issues down the road. Let’s think back to the high blood pressure problem. Hypertension can damage and weaken arteries and may also lead to coronary artery disease and other complications. Your primary care physician can prescribe the right medications and develop the right prevention strategies to help reduce the risk of those complications.

Education

Education is a big part of preventative healthcare. The Internet is a vast resource, but the information there can’t always be trusted. At the same time, what’s true for one person may not be accurate – or safe – for the health of another. It’s best to hear medical advice from a professional – and not just any professional, but one who knows you. Your primary care doctor can keep you well-informed about health topics relevant to you, such as diet and exercise tips or safe sex practices. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to take care of yourself and your loved ones going forward.

Prevention Starts at Oswego Health

Just because you are healthy right now, doesn’t mean you don’t need guidance on preventative healthcare measures. Every adult should have a primary care physician to monitor their health, answer questions, and offer preventative care services to keep them healthy through all stages of life. Don’t have a primary care physician? Contact Oswego Health today and ask about our available openings.

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