Preventive Medicine Specialist

CrossRoads Family Medicine

Family Medicine Physicians & Internist located in Campbellsville, KY

According to the proverb, prevention is better than cure. At CrossRoads Family Medicine in Campbellsville, Kentucky, Dr. Jerome Dixon, Dr. Kevan Graves, and Dr. Troy Nelson are committed to helping you lead your healthiest and best life with customized preventive medicine to reduce your risk of illness. If you want to improve your health and wellness, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Preventive Medicine Q & A

CrossRoads Family Medicine

What is preventive medicine?

While all physicians work to keep their patients healthy, preventive medicine is a specialty area that aims to protect and improve health and wellness and prevent illness, disease, and disability.

 

What’s included in preventive medicine?

The doctors at CrossRoads Family Medicine offer comprehensive and customizable care to help you improve your health and reduce your risk of illness and disease. Your health needs are unique, and your doctor takes your specific concerns into account when providing advice and treatments to help you improve your health.

Wellness exams

Your annual wellness exam is one of the most important tools in preventive medicine. These check-ups are an opportunity to review your overall health and have screenings to check for signs of illness and disease that might not cause noticeable symptoms. In addition to health screenings, your doctor provides wellness and nutritional counseling.

Wellness counseling

During your annual wellness exam or other appointments, your doctor provides wellness counseling. During these conversations, you discuss your health and wellness, and your doctor provides suggestions and advice on how you can be healthier. Your doctor might suggest that you add exercise to your daily habits; even a 30-minute walk after dinner can make a big difference in improving your wellness.

Depending on your needs, your doctor may suggest using hemp or CBD oil to reduce inflammation and stress. CBD (cannabidiol) oil uses one of the non-psychoactive compounds found in cannabis to reduce pain and inflammation and provide the calming effects of cannabis without the sensation of getting “high.” Studies have found that it’s an effective alternative treatment for some mental health issues and can improve your overall sense of wellness.

Nutritional counseling

Nutritional counseling is a very important part of preventive medicine. The American diet typically includes too much processed food that’s high in salt and sugar and not nearly enough fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. Your doctor will talk to you about the benefits of a healthy diet and its impact on your overall health and well-being.

Your doctor works with you to implement small, incremental changes to your diet so you never get overwhelmed or feel that making a change is impossible. You might start by adding a piece of fruit to your breakfast and lunch every day or using skim milk in your coffee instead of a sugary creamer.

 

Why is preventive medicine important?

It is easier to stay healthy than to recover from an illness. Preventive medicine aims to keep you healthy and uses tools to monitor your health so that any potential health conditions are caught early and treated before they can cause problems.

For example, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high glucose levels don’t typically cause symptoms, but they indicate your risk for serious health conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Women’s health screenings like pelvic exams and Pap smears are also critical to early detection and treatment of issues like cervical cancer.

Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn how to protect and improve your health.