"An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure"
Each decade of a person’s life holds new challenges for health and well-being. Visiting an internal medicine doctor, preferably the same doctor through many of life’s stages, assists patients to stay on track with healthy choices throughout the years. This continuity of care with regular and urgent care appointments enables care for medical diseases, possible depression and anxiety, and coordination with your specialists.
The Young Adult Years
During a person’s 20s and 30s, annual examinations and visits for acute or uncomfortable conditions are very important. Screening for Sexually Transmitted Diseases at annual examinations and at urgent STD screenings are extraordinarily important. This is because testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections, with or without symptoms, can help prevent infertility for woman and men as well as risky pregnancy. As for women’s overall gynecological health at this age, genital health and fertility are of significant importance to women and the internist will provide helpful advise and/or refer the patient to a gynecologist when needed.
Wellness visits for young men and women can lead to early detection and treatment of dangerous health conditions such as cancer which can strike young adults exposed to environmental toxins, recreational drugs, tobacco exposure, prolonged alcohol abuse, DNA mutation, or those predisposed to cancer through genetics.
Annual wellness checkups and urgent care will enable your doctor to put problematic health conditions in check. A great doctor visit will include learning about your childhood and adult health history, examination of your body, attention to problems you might be experiencing and a testing of your blood and other preventive screening measures, Testing a sample of your blood each year enables you and your doctor to learn a lot about your current health and what possible abnormalities, even those without symptoms, might be developing over time. Normal test results are a huge relief. However, testing with a normal result does not represent an unnecessary exercise—even normal test results are significant. When a test result is normal, it not only helps the doctor rule out disease, but it establishes a baseline of what is normal for the patient against which to monitor health changes that may take place in the future.
During this stage of life, the doctor will keep track of weight, weight-to-height ratio ("BMI"), iron levels, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, risk of osteoporosis disease weakening bones, heart disease risk, all with an aim to prevent disease.
The Middle Years: Preventing Premature Aging
There is an extraordinary advantage in the middle years to being cared for physicians who have a noted subspecialty in the medical science of aging. As one ages into the 40s and 50s, other health concerns emerge like the risk of cancer (especially genital, breast and prostate) or an increased risk for diabetes, early heart disease, skin cancer, and other diseases typical of middle age. During these years, primary care doctors make breast, genital, prostate exams a high priority to check for tumors. Although not commonly known, medical researchers at Harvard and worldwide have established that premature heart disease and other premature aging diseases thought to be health conditions of old age may subtly reveal themselves in a person’s 40s and 50s. Fortunately, doctors who specialize in diseases of aging can often spot, monitor, successfully slow down, or ideally halt a premature aging condition even when no symptoms appear.
As an example, as many as 4% to 10% of all heart attacks occur before age 45, and most of these strike men. It's a reminder that men should not ignore warning symptoms just because they are "too young" to have heart disease. And since atherosclerosis can, and does, start in youth, it's a reminder that prevention should start early in life before problems develop.
During their 40’s men and women often notice significant signs of aging in skin tone and appearance. Vision quality may begin to worsen. These are generally aspects of normal aging, but the doctor may observe something possibly abnormal, and will refer patients for specialist dermatologic exams to detect possible tumors or to an eye doctor for eye health exam because skin and eyes are among the most revealing body systems for current and future health.
Blood pressure readings should be taken, and blood work should still be performed to look for signs of diabetes and potential heart problems. A colon cancer screening is typically performed in a patient’s 50s since this is typically when colon cancer develops. Bone Density tests should also be performed to determine if a woman shows signs of osteoporosis (bone loss) and then a prevention plan is developed. As for women’s health at this age, menopause onset is of significant importance to women and the internist will provide helpful advice and/or refer the patient to a gynecologist when needed.
The Senior Years: Enjoying Good Health Through the 60s, 70s, and Beyond
Men in their senior years will be examined by their physician for prostate health, vision changes, hearing changes, skin, lung and heart health, fitness and strength, bone health, and neurological changes including memory.
Women in their 60’s and beyond will be examined for vision changes, hearing changes, skin, lung and heart health, fitness and strength, bone health, and neurological changes including memory. In addition, women in their 60s and beyond should still receive annual women’s health examinations and should have bone density testing performed periodically to determine if age-related bone density decline.is typical, requires intervention, or referral to a fragile bone specialist. Men may be tested for bone health when indicated.
To learn more about the importance of seeing your doctor’s for your healthcare provider at every age, visit our medical office. Annual wellness visits and periodic acute and chronic visits to a doctor may extend your life. Regular clinic visits keep you as healthy and experiencing the benefits of wellness for as long as possible. Schedule an appointment today to preserve and enjoy your good health at Alamar Healthcare, 1 (805) 484-0055.
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