The Importance of Preventative Care

July 18, 2023

If you’re sick or have a health concern, you’ll likely go see your doctor. If you’re like the majority of people in the U.S., however, you likely aren’t visiting your provider much when you feel fine. We want to encourage you to start changing that habit.

Under a preventative healthcare model, doctors help their patients prioritize wellness before health issues develop. Here’s a closer look into what this type of care entails and why it’s so important.

What Is Preventative Care?

Simply put, preventative (or preventive) healthcare includes everything you do to stay healthy. As its name suggests, preventative services may help prevent common illnesses, such as the flu virus, as well as more serious conditions like kidney disease or cancer. Each person’s needs for preventative care are uniquely based on their lifestyle, family history, and other specific health risks, which is why your doctor plays a critical role in making these recommendations.

Why Is Preventative Care Important?

Preventative care empowers you to stay on track with your health. Most infants and children receive preventive care check-ups early in life, but by adulthood, many people begin to fall off course. In fact, millions of Americans don’t receive the preventive care they need, for a variety of reasons. But preventive care can help everyone do the following:

What Are Some Examples of Preventative Care?

Almost every decision you make to care for your body has the potential to support or get in the way of preventative care. But the specific care you receive from healthcare providers can include:

While preventative care works best when you pursue it early and continuously, it’s never too late to begin prioritizing your wellness. For compassionate care geared towards illness prevention, turn to Morgan Medical Center.