Preventive health is by far the most effective way to practice medicine. At a time when there is a lot of distraction about acute health with COVID-19 and other very serious matters, don’t forget to focus on your preventive health.
Of course, treating diseases is very important, but it is harder to adequately treat the disease once it is established in your body, than to take steps to avoid contracting the disease in the first place.
This is particularly the case for chronic diseases.
Chronic diseases are often inconvenient and difficult to manage, and often require a significant change in your lifestyle once you are diagnosed with a chronic disease. Taking medications, regular doctor and other health professional appointments, changing what you eat or modifying exercise, significantly increasing your exercise regime… the list goes on. Chronic diseases also often carry secondary complications, and the consequences of those complications can be enormous.
Getting ahead of the ball and making the changes to avoid these diseases before they set in, can make a really big difference in your life. We can help you assess and address risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease, before they cause long-term damage. We work with you to help you achieve your healthiest you.
We test for conditions which might indicate long-term health issues, and help you put in place steps to improve your health.
We can help with:
- Coordinating your health care with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers
- Chronic disease management plans (formerly enhanced primary care or EPC) plans
- Mental health care plans
- blood pressure and cholesterol checks
- weight loss advice
- quitting smoking
- alcohol-related issues
- kicking other indulgences
- Most people feel healthy when they’ve got early signs of disease showing up. So, it’s really important that you and your GP are on the lookout for risk factors to allow you to take action early.
Have a chat to your GP, and talk about what preventive health things you might be missing out on that might make a difference to you in the near future.
Dr Joshua Jones, the practice principal at Albert Road General Practice, is passionate about preventive health and helping his patients with health makeovers. He is a firm believer that it’s never too late to undo the damage inflicted on our bodies in our youth. He regularly helps patients put together health plans and preventive health measures to help them lose weight, reduce their risk of long-term health problems, and empowers them to take control of their bodies at any age and condition.
Book an appointment for a preventive health check or to discuss your chronic disease management today.
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