Preventative Health - Actively Manage Your Health

There is a lot of things that you can do to help ensure you live a healthy, independent life.
Being an active manager of your own health is central to all aspects of your life. Here are
some things that make an important difference to your longevity. Your doctor can help you -
if you are ready to help yourself.

  1. Maintain a strong a relationship with a single physician who offers you
    Comprehensive Primary Care.
    This means you seek all your care from one
    physician who knows and exams you over time. This relationship helps ensure you
    have a complete rather than scattered medical record. It ensures that the physician
    can follow your health issues, and support you. It helps for your provider to notice
    changes in your test results, and physical presentation over time.

    If you don't have a relationship with a doctor - don't cling to the notion there are
    none available - Family First Health Centre is currently accepting patients so request
    an appointment. (Link to request a physician)
  2. Don't ever start smoking, and if you smoke quit! Smoking is 100% detrimental
    to your health and to those around you. It sets a poor example for your children,
    and grandchildren. Your doctor can help you - if you are ready and committed.
  3. Maintain a health Body Mass Index. A portion controlled healthy diet high in
    fiber, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, along with regular exercise is one of the
    most important things you can do for you health. Orleans has one of the highest
    levels of obesity in the province - so just because your doing better than your
    neighbours does not mean your okay. Regular exercise can be as simple as a 30
    minute brisk walk daily. Talk to your doctor about your BMI.
  4. Participate in all offered preventative screening including immunizations, pap
    smears, breast exams and mammography, colorectal screening and FOBT. The
    cancer screening test have been scientifically proven to detect cancer at a treatable
    stage. Waiting for other symptoms to these cancers often leads to the detection of
    cancer that may not be curable.
  5. Know your family's health history. Genetics and lifestyle are both things people
    inherit - and both are highly related to health. You are far more likely to be affected
    by the issues that affect members of your immediate and extended family. So be
    aware of the family medical history, and make sure your doctor is aware of it as it
    changes. Learn about the diseases that affect your family and find out what you
    can do to be screened, and to lower your risks of contracting those diseases.
  6. Feel free to talk to your family physician about your sexual health
  7. Don't forget your oral health. Most people don't realize that poor oral can affects
    their longevity negatively. Oral health is related to cardiovascular health. Brush
    and Floss twice daily and see a dentist regularly for cleaning.
  8. Seek help if you are in an abusive relationships Abusive relationships
    detriment your health physically, emotionally and psychologically. Many people stay
    in abusive relationships thinking they are helping their children; however children
    raised in abusive relationship will often identify either with the abuser or the victim
    and struggle to form loving relationships as adults.
  9. Make time for yourself. If you put yourself last on the list each day your health
    will suffer. Everyone needs time to pursue their health, and happiness. If you don't
    make yourself a priority your physical, emotional and psychological health will
    suffer.
  10. Seek help. If you are struggling with an aspect of your health there are all kinds of
    resources available to support you - but you must seek help to access them. Your
    doctor can help you identify alternatives - so even if it doesn't seem like something
    your doctor might usually help you with - ask for suggestions of what type of help to
    seek.
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