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Preventive Health Care Measures You Can Take to Stay on Top of Your Health

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If you’re feeling well, visiting your doctor’s office is likely not at the front of your mind. But seeking preventive care is actually your best way to maintain good health.

Our experts, Vamsi Nukala, MD, and Melanie Nukala, MD, are sharing measures you can take to encourage optimal health and wellness.

Visit Your Primary Care Provider

“Your first stop on your preventive health care journey should be your primary care provider’s office,” says Dr. Vamsi Nukala, an internal medicine physician at AdventHealth Medical Group. “A primary care provider is your go-to for life-long care, as they support you in wellness and with steady care for chronic conditions.”

Wellness Visits and Annual Physicals

You can learn a lot about your health from a wellness visit. First, your care team will ask about your family’s health history. This information sheds light on potential genetic risks and is a good time to inform your provider of any updates since your last visit. Your care provider will also ask about your lifestyle habits, including things like diet and exercise, smoking and alcohol use. Your care team will then record your vital information — your blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and weight.

In addition to wellness visits, we recommend scheduling an annual physical with your primary care provider. “A yearly physical looks much like a typical wellness visit, with a few additional elements, such as an abdominal exam, neurological exam and a pelvic or prostate exam, and routine lab work,” shares Dr. Vamsi Nukala.

Seeing a Health Specialist

To further support your journey to better health, your primary care provider may encourage you to see a specialist for additional support with any chronic conditions, like Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.

“Smoking, uncontrolled diabetes and uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to serious chronic health conditions, including vascular disease,” shares Dr. Melanie Nukala, board certified vascular surgeon at AdventHealth Medical Group. “It’s important to get ahead of your health before these more serious conditions occur, and the best way to do so is by seeking trustworthy care with your primary care provider and health care specialists.”

At AdventHealth, our network of skilled physicians works together seamlessly to provide whole-person care for all aspects of your health — body, mind and spirit.

Other Preventive Measures You Can Take

Our lifestyle habits directly impact our likelihood of certain illnesses, including some cancers, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Thankfully, healthy habits help maintain a healthy body, and your care team can help guide you toward lasting wellness.

Avoid Smoking

One of the best things you can do for your body is to stop smoking. If you’re interested in quitting but don’t know how to start, your primary care provider can offer helpful tips to encourage you in the right direction.

Exercise

Regular exercise is one of the best ways to encourage a long, healthy life. “Try to get active for at least 30 minutes, five days a week,” says Dr. Nukala. “Getting your heart rate up with routine exercise can drastically reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and even some types of cancer.” Your ideal target heart rate during exercise will vary depending on your age, but it typically falls between 50 – 70% of your maximum heart rate for moderate intensity exercise. To find your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220.

Healthy Eating

Food is the body’s fuel, and another way to promote long-lasting wellness is through the foods you eat. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, a diet low in saturated fats and rich in whole foods, including whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, has been proven to help prevent cancer.

Hydration

Your body is at its best when you’re well-hydrated. Drinking water and other hydrating fluids like herbal tea can greatly benefit your blood flow and heart health. As you increase your hydration to an optimal-for-you level, the key is to minimize your intake of other, non-hydrating fluids, like caffeinated beverages, high-sugar juices and alcoholic beverages.

Get Trustworthy Preventive Care at AdventHealth

Whole-person care is our specialty, and there’s nothing we want more than to see you feeling well and whole. Talk to your primary care provider about preventive health care today.

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