Feeling lethargic and fatigued?

Not able to keep up with your daily chores and professional commitments?

Would you like your youthfulness back again?

Are you ready to get in shape and feel great again?

If you answered Yes to any of the above, our Preventive Medicine and Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling may be just right for you.

What is Preventive Medicine?

We have all heard about the idiom “Prevention is better than cure”. Preventive medicine is a specialty branch of medicine that focuses on the overall health and well-being of each patient. Preventive medicine encompasses all aspects of the patient’s life and seeks to protect health, combat disease, and promote well-being using a variety of clinical and Nutritional Counseling Northern Virginianonclinical techniques. Our healthcare practitioners work hand in hand with their patients and offer-personalized suggestions on lifestyle modifications, including diet, exercise, and smoking cessation. Practitioners utilize a variety of screenings and tests to help prevent disease.

Lifestyle Modifications through Nutrition

Preventive medicine helps patients by suggesting nutritional modifications for a healthy lifestyle. The practitioner will spend time with the patient discussing the patient’s diet and activity level.

The physician or healthcare practitioner may prescribe a variety of dietary changes, such as limiting the amount of red meat, incorporating more fruits and vegetables in the diet, and cutting out simple carbohydrates. To help ensure that the patient is receiving the appropriate nutrients, the practitioner may also prescribe a variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements.

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A physician specializing in preventive medicine may also recommend increased exercise or other physical activity. The American Heart Association recommends healthy patients receive a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Regular exercise can help improve respiratory and cardiovascular functions. Exercise helps the body release endorphins, which are feel good hormones. By including exercise in their day-to-day lives, patients can improve their mood, lose weight and help prevent a plethora of health conditions.

Tests and Screenings

Numerous tests are available to help practitioners diagnose illnesses. By screening for health conditions on a regular basis, the physician can quickly discern any changes in the body’s chemistry. Depending on the patient health and family history, the physician may requests tests to screen for risk of developing diabetes or to watch for symptoms of cardiovascular problems. Other blood tests check liver functions, kidney function and hormonal imbalances.

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One of the primary goals of our preventive medicine program is to help patients and physicians develop a healthy partnership. In order for this partnership to grow, the patient must be honest and open with the physician. Likewise, the physician dedicates enough time to each patient to get to know and understand the patient. Working together, the patient and physician can help one another improve the patient’s health.

Getting Started With Preventive Medicine for a Healthy Lifestyle

We are dedicated to helping you realize improved health through lifestyle modifications. Call us and speak to a member of our caring staff to schedule an appointment with our integrative physician. Our dedicated team of professionals looks forward to treat you with compassion and caring while you heal.