What Does Preventive Medicine Entail, and Why Should I Care?

Every day looks a little different for each of the patients we care for at Farmbrook Internal Medicine. In their presumably healthy lives, some go to work, others attend school, and some stay home to raise their family.

Falling ill throws a wrench into all of these activities. So what if you could prevent getting sick altogether? That’s what preventive medicine aims to accomplish, and it’s an important part of Dr. Joseph Hagen’s Bingham Farms, Michigan, practice.

What is preventive medicine?

The practice of preventive medicine seeks to accomplish exactly what it says: prevent illness, disease, disability, and premature death through proper medical care. Preventive medicine aims to maintain your overall health and well-being. This is true not only in individual cases, but on a larger scale as well, such as at the community level. 

Preventive medicine covers a broad range of things and looks at many factors influencing your health. Screening and detection is a massive part of preventive medicine, especially when internal organs are of concern. For example, checking for high blood pressure and addressing it before hypertension develops is a form of preventive medicine. 

Dr. Hagen promotes and specializes in preventive medicine in order to ensure his patients avoid serious illness and disease. His office is equipped to perform the comprehensive health screenings implemented in the practice of preventive medicine, and he educates patients with tips that promote wellness.  

Why is preventive medicine important?

Chronic diseases account for many deaths in America and across the globe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the five leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, unintentional accidents, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke. This has prompted preventive medicine practices — such as detection and screening of serious illnesses — to become a crucial part of the medical world. 

Along with this, preventive medicine promotes and helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle, which is beneficial to your overall health and can help increase life expectancy.

Aside from the health benefit that preventive medicine offers, it also provides financial benefits. By preventing serious illness and disease, you can avoid the high costs associated with treatments, medications, and hospital stays.

If you’re concerned about your overall health and would like to explore how preventive medicine can help you, call us today or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Hagen. Whether you’re currently suffering from a disease and need help managing it, or you’re worried about contracting a disease and want to avoid it, Dr. Hagen works closely with you to develop a plan that fits your needs.

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