By Rose Wellness Center | 03/19/2021

What Is Preventive Medicine? The Role Food Plays In Prevention

What Is Preventive Medicine? The Role Food Plays In Prevention

We have all heard about the idiom “Prevention is better than cure”. Preventive medicine, sometimes referred to as Lifestyle Medicine, is a specialty branch of medicine that focuses on the overall health and well-being of each patient. Preventive medicine encompasses all aspects of the patient’s life and seeks to protect health, combat disease, and promote well-being using a variety of clinical and nonclinical techniques. Our healthcare practitioners work hand in hand with you and offer-personalized suggestions on lifestyle modifications, including diet, exercise, and smoking cessation.

Practitioners utilize a variety of screenings and tests to diagnose illnesses and help prevent disease. By screening for health conditions on a regular basis, the practitioners can quickly discern any changes in the body’s chemistry. Depending on your health and family history, additional tests may be recommended to screen for risk of developing diabetes or to watch for symptoms of cardiovascular problems. Other blood tests check liver functions, kidney function and hormonal imbalances.

Food plays an extremely important role in preventing most diseases that are caused by environmental factors, poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices. While it is true that certain types of diseases cannot always be prevented, as there is an underlying genetic component that is passed from generation to generation, you can significantly lower your risk for developing some diseases by simply adopting a healthy and balanced diet, free of trans fats, sugars and such. A research conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research stated that approximately one third of cancers can be prevented through regular physical activity combined with a healthy diet and by maintaining a healthy weight over the years.

Healthy Diet

Foods That Are AlkalineWhen it comes to food and its role in preventive medicine, many people refer to healthy diets as “food therapy”. Foods rich in essential minerals, vitamins and other nutrients can prevent most nutritional disorders and their related health problems. Diet is extremely important in disease prevention, especially for those who are predisposed to lung, prostate, breast, gastric as well as colorectal cancer, which are known to be highly influenced by what we eat and, most importantly, by what we don’t!

Preventing the onset of diseases is definitely better than trying to treat it, and nutritionists and doctors recommend a holistic approach. Besides the foods mentioned above, it is also important for people to understand the importance of phytonutrients and other biologically active ingredients, such as polyphenols that are known to not just prevent cancer, but also to slow down the reproduction of cancer cells once the disease sets in.

Lifestyle Medicine Northern VirginiaThe bottom line is that the body has an amazing capacity to cure and repair itself. Look after your gut and you’ll reap the benefits. A few lifestyle recommendations include-

  • Adopting a whole-grain, whole-food approach
  • Eat a balanced diet incorporating more fruits and vegetables
  • Reduce simple carbohydrates
  • Avoid or limiting the amount of red or processed meat
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Take some vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements depending on any deficiencies

The above recommendations can help in reducing the risk of developing diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease or any other potentially deadly conditions.

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