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Taking good care of your body before disease, illness or injury strike is a great way to stay healthy. We focus a great deal of our efforts on wellness care and preventive medicine in the best interest of our patients and their families.
Preventive Medicine: Important Considerations and Techniques
While many health conditions cannot be prevented, understanding your risks and genetic predisposition as it relates to specific conditions is extremely important. Our providers will work hard to understand your family's medical history as an indicator of potential problems that may arise. Common conditions impacted by family history include: heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and certain cancers, among others.
Keeping your health in check with an annual physical exam can help prevent disease. Learn more about comprehensive physical exams by calling one of our locations.
Weight Management: Since being overweight is associated with numerous health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and certain cancers, many of our patients are interested in weight management as a preventive care technique. Our preventive medicine physicians can assist patients in meeting their weight-loss goals through better nutrition, exercise and constant motivation. As needed, we can prescribe medical therapies or provide referrals for medically necessary weight management programs or procedures.
Exercise Programs: Even for our healthiest patients, our team recommends exercise as an extremely effective type of preventive care. Regular exercise can help protect your heart and lungs, and can build muscles to keep your body strong. Exercising daily can also help fight chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and others. We can help you get started on an effective exercise regimen for better health.
Nutrition Counseling: Ensuring our patients are getting the nutrients they need through food and supplements (as needed) is an integral part of our approach to preventive medicine. Our preventive medicine physicians can help patients understand the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and its impact on your long-term health and well-being.
Stress Management: Reducing stress and anxiety can also be an effective type of preventive care, particularly since stress can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and other health problems. We can help patients identify stressors and help develop strategies to reduce stress through a combination of methods.
Working closely with our patients, our providers can help keep you in the best health through a combination of wellness and preventive care programs.
WakeMed Physician Practices Primary Care practices have achieved the Patient-Center Medical Home Designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. To earn this designation, physician practices must offer: