If you want to live a long, healthy, and problem-free life, it’s important to invest in wellness and preventive care. Eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly can significantly lower your risk of chronic illnesses like hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. At MS Family Medicine Health Care PC in Rosedale, Queens, and Garden City, Long Island, Michele Reed, DO, FAAFP, and the caring providers offer a full suite of wellness and preventive care services both in-person and via telemedicine. To schedule an appointment at the nearest New York City location, book a consultation online, or call the nearest office today.
Wellness and preventive care are two different things that play an important role in achieving whole-body health.
Wellness is the practice of implementing healthy habits in your daily life. That includes getting plenty of sleep, managing your stress levels, maintaining good relationships with friends and family, and eating nutritious meals. By practicing wellness, you can achieve a state of complete well-being.
Preventive care refers to screening measures and exams that can alert you to potentially serious health problems early on. Many ailments, including Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, present few obvious symptoms, meaning you might be at risk but not realize it. Preventive care works to catch these and other issues early when they respond best to treatment or may be reversible.
MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC provides an array of wellness and preventive care services, including:
The foods and beverages that you consume directly influence your energy levels, focus, and quality of life. If you struggle to maintain a healthy weight or eat a diet consisting primarily of junk food, nutritional counseling can help. Your provider can make recommendations for meals, vitamins, and nutritional supplements.
Chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension require lifelong care. In order to achieve wellness, it’s crucial to keep these and other ailments in check. MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC can make recommendations to limit uncomfortable side effects and improve your quality of life.
A prostate exam is a screening measure to check for an enlarged or inflamed prostate. Typically, prostate exams include two separate features –– a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a blood test that measures your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
Pap smears are a type of preventive screening that detects cervical cancer. During a Pap smear, your provider collects a sample of cells from the surface of your cervix. They send your swab to a laboratory that assesses it for cancerous cells.
A mammogram is a preventive screening measure to diagnose breast cancer. Women aged 45 and older should undergo a mammogram at least once a year until they’re 54.
Colonoscopies help detect colon cancer, tumors, and polyps. During this type of preventive screening, your provider inserts a thin tube called a colonoscope into your anus. The colonoscope has a camera on the end that provides real-time images. If your provider detects any abnormalities, they can take a biopsy (tissue sample).
MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC doesn’t perform colonoscopies in-office, but they can refer you to a specialist.
Wellness and preventive care are important for everyone. Even if you feel healthy, it’s important to schedule regular check-ups. Routine appointments with your primary care provider are an easy and effective way to detect potential problems and preserve your health.
To learn more about wellness and preventive care, schedule an appointment at MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office to speak with a team member today.