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Preventive Medicine Specialist


Family Medicine located in Bluffton, SC

Wouldn't it be great to avoid conditions like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease instead of having to live with such serious, chronic health problems? You can reduce your risk of developing these and many other health issues with the Global Family Medicine and Urgent Care team's preventive medicine approach. At their office in Bluffton, South Carolina, the team uses a combination of screenings, regular physicals, lifestyle management, and immunizations to help you avoid ill health. To benefit from preventive medicine, call Global Family Medicine and Urgent Care today or book an appointment online.

Preventive Medicine Q & A

What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine is an approach to health care that the Global Family Medicine and Urgent Care team uses to help you avoid getting sick.

Most patients only seek medical attention when they're ill. With preventive medicine, you go for regular checkups that enable your provider to recognize potential problems like high blood pressure early on and treat them before they become more serious.

The Global Family Medicine and Urgent Care team encourages patients to attend an annual exam. There they can screen for certain diseases, determine your risk of possible medical problems in the future, and update your vaccinations.

During this exam, your provider discusses your family and medical history and thoroughly examines you for any abnormalities that may indicate a possible medical issue. They also talk with you about healthy lifestyle management.

What part does a healthy lifestyle play in preventive medicine?

A healthy lifestyle is the foundation for a long, active life. Many conditions that are common causes of disability and early death are due to preventable factors such as lack of exercise, a poor diet, and bad habits like smoking.

Therefore, adopting healthier habits reduces your risk of developing conditions like:

  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Cancer

The team at Global Family Medicine and Urgent Care is committed to assisting their patients in developing the skills and behaviors necessary for healthy lifestyle management, which results in a lifetime of better health.

They provide effective treatment options, practical support, and counseling to ensure that you and your family make good choices for a healthy lifestyle. The expert team members are board certified in preventive and functional medicine.

What part does functional medicine play in preventive medicine?

Functional medicine looks at all the elements of your life that could be influencing your health and the development of disease. Rather than treating the symptoms or one cause of illness, functional medicine practitioners examine your genetics, environment, and lifestyle to find the root cause(s) of the problem.

By identifying everything that might be responsible for your health problems, they can pinpoint treatments that are far more effective.

For example, treating depression using talk therapy and antidepressant medication can be very helpful. However, if part of the cause of your depression is an underactive thyroid gland, you can't hope for a full recovery unless you address the hormone imbalance. 

If you want to be healthier, the team at Global Family Medicine and Urgent Care provides you with the tools and support you need. Their healthy lifestyle management program covers many facets of your health, including fitness and nutrition, blood pressure management, stress reduction, and smoking cessation.

Find out how preventive medicine could improve your life. Call Global Family Medicine and Urgent Care today or book an appointment online.