One of the greatest advancements of human nature is our ability to reflect on the past in order to improve the future. The Preventive Medicine industry is simply trying this practice on for size, and the results are opening doors all over the world for further exploration in this niche medical field. Not only is preventive medicine aimed at preventing illness, it also has hopes of ending disease altogether.
While the medical world may be far from ending disease, research shows that there are direct connections between our lifestyle and our health. Boiled down to the simplest of explanations, if you eat poorly and are not on a regular exercise schedule, it’s very likely that your health is being neglected and you are maintaining a lifestyle that can have harmful repercussions such as obesity or chronic illnesses. There are a slew of ways to go about creating a better lifestyle for a healthier mind and body, but one of the best methods that is often misunderstood is the practice of preventative care.
Preventive medicine can take many forms. Some methods are easy, whereas some take a deeper understanding to see success. For example, if you’d like to prevent yourself from getting lung cancer, you can easily avoid smoking. This is in essence a very simple form of preventative care. Diving in further, to avoid digestive issues and bellyaches, introducing yogurt to your diet will supplement your digestive tract with probiotics, keeping your tract clean, healthy, and ache free.
To summarize preventive medicine’s impact within the medical industry, remember these three takeaways.
#1. Preventive medicine is personal.
For a proper diagnosis and treatment to be recommended, there are many factors that need to reviewed. Preventative care takes a look at the body as a whole and how the factors of what’s already going on inside of you can be supplemented with preventive medicine for a personalized routine. To fully benefit from preventative care, remember that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment.
#2. Preventive medicine is not (yet) a cure.
Perhaps the most important takeaway when learning about preventive medicine is that it is not a cure for disease or illness. The hope of preventative care is that you are caring so well for your body that you are “treating” your healthy body to be so healthy that you don’t acquire an illness or a disease.
#3. Preventive medicine takes work to be successful.
The medical world exists because there is a global need for best health practices as a whole. Doctors and treatments and preventative care exist to help the individual. Preventive medicine’s success demands that the individual becomes responsible for enacting those best practices for themselves. This is where the future of this practice is going, and education will prove to be one of it’s biggest allies and challenges.
Taking control of your health might seem like a daunting task, but by taking small steps with preventive care, you can reap the benefits for many years to come.
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