Preventive medicine focuses on the health of individuals, communities and other defined populations. Its goal is to protect and maintain health and prevent disease, disability or premature death.
For preventive medicine to succeed, it must be carried out ahead of time, while illness is still absent. You must believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important enough to eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and avoid toxic substances such as tobacco, alcohol and excessive sugar and salt. These strategies are all critical to your success. In fact, maintaining healthy lifestyle habits is the best defense against most illness and disease.
Preventive medicine is also about finding and treating disease as soon as possible. Many diseases can be nipped in the bud when caught early, and we can return you to full health quickly. That’s why Norwood Medical Associates educates patients about diseases and their symptoms as well as what it takes to maintain good overall health. We also provide urgent care for a wide range of illnesses such as anemia, anxiety, depression, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, osteoporosis and many more. By visiting your internist regularly – at least once yearly and twice yearly or more as you get older – you can stay healthy and catch disease early. Most diseases, if detected early enough, can be cured.
Imagine not having to deal with uncomfortable or painful symptoms. Imagine feeling more energetic and fully enjoying your work, sports, hobbies and other daily activities. Imagine avoiding common diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Those are just a few of the many diseases that are 100% avoidable simply by making the right lifestyle choices, getting regular medical checkups and choosing wellness over illness.
You can pay a relatively small sum to stay in good health or pay huge sums later on when disease strikes. For example, you can take one baby aspirin that costs about two cents a day or be hospitalized for heart disease that might cost $100,000. That’s just one small example of the benefits of preventive medicine. Major medical expenses can easily exceed your maximum insurance coverage and easily lead you to financial ruin. Up to 75% of all bankruptcies are due to medical expenses.
So it pays to weigh the relatively inexpensive cost of regular checkups such as cancer screening against the enormous cost of cancer treatment or long-term home healthcare visits. No matter how you look at it, prevention is always the best (and least expensive) cure. And it is always the least costly in terms of your personal pain and suffering.
Our goal is to help our patients achieve wellness – the state of optimal health without sickness – through preventive medicine and urgent care. Wellness should be the goal of every adult, and achieving it is much easier than you might think.
You can avoid arthritis, pulmonary hypertension, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Discover the many ways that preventive medicine and wellness can benefit you. Call Norwood Medical Associates at 781.769.3113 or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your one-on-one, personal time with one of our internist doctors. Our preventive medicine patients come to us from Wrentham, Dedham, Norwood, Stoughton, Walpole, MA and nearby communities.