Vincent R. C. Maribao, MD
Internal Medicine located in Saint Clair Shores, MI
Preventable chronic illnesses, including diabetes and heart diseases, have greatly increased in the United States in recent years. Nearly half of all Americans suffer from a chronic illness and these illnesses alone account for 85% of healthcare costs. These conditions are easily preventable with proper health guidance, but not all medical practitioners have caught on to preventive medicine practices. Vincent R. C. Maribao, MD, PC is a leading practitioner of preventive medicine in the Saint Clair Shores, Michigan area, and is eager to keep you healthy. Call the office to book your consultation or book online.
Preventive Medicine Q & A
What is preventive medicine?
Preventive medicine is what it sounds like: A field of medicine dedicated to preventing illness and disease before they happen. Preventive medicine pays particular attention to illnesses and medical conditions common to segments of specific populations to better prevent and treat these conditions.
Why is preventive medicine important?
Healthcare costs have risen dramatically in recent years as more and more people seek treatment for preventable chronic conditions. When you add the aging baby boomer population and a tendency for people to seek emergency room care for non-emergencies, you might begin to see why preventive medicine is important.
The fact of the matter is, many of the deadliest diseases affecting the United States right now, such as heart disease, are entirely preventable in most cases. It’s much easier to prevent illness from happening in the first place than to treat the illness. The challenge is in educating individuals on how their actions affect their health.
How does preventive medicine work?
The first and perhaps most critical step to preventive medicine is regular communication with a care provider. During your first visit, Dr. Maribao reviews your medical history and performs a comprehensive health assessment.
Dr. Maribao’s ultimate goal is to work with you to determine whether you’re currently at risk for any medical conditions and determine whether you need to take action to prevent disease.
Some of the items you might review with Dr. Maribao include:
- Screening for any diseases
- Any medications you’re currently taking
- Any necessary updates to vaccinations
- How often you drink, smoke, or take other kinds of drugs
- Your level of physical activity and exercise
If you currently receive treatment for a medical condition such as diabetes or hypertension, Dr. Maribao may discuss how you can best prevent the disease from progressing. The best steps for doing so depend on your medical condition as well as the approach you think would prove most effective given your circumstances.
If you suffer from a chronic condition, have a family history of a particular disease, or otherwise want help keeping your health in order, call Dr. Maribao to schedule your consultation or book an appointment online.