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Preventive Care Specialist

SIPMD

Primary Care located in Phoenix, AZ

Preventive care uses a combination of screening, vaccinations, healthy living advice, and other proactive interventions to keep you from developing serious illnesses. SIPMD, based in Surprise, Arizona, has a network of specialist physicians delivering preventative care to residents in assisted living, independent living, group homes, senior retirement, and memory care communities. You can benefit from their expertise in preventive medicine without leaving your home, either by using SIPMD’s secure telehealth option or by arranging a home visit. To find out more, call or use the online booking form today.

Preventive Care Q&A

What is preventive care?

Preventive care aims to keep you from developing medical problems. This proactive approach is far better than waiting for serious conditions to arise that could have significant or potentially life-threatening effects on you.

The preventive care services that SIPMD provides can save you from experiencing the pain and distress of being sick. There are also practical advantages like considerable time and money savings.

What problems can preventive care address?

Preventive care addresses a wide variety of health problems. Some of the most common and serious diseases are, in many cases, preventable, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Obesity
  • Some cancers
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Fatty liver disease

These conditions cause chronic pain and loss of function as well as accounting for the majority of deaths in the United States. Chronic diseases also have a considerable impact on mental well-being, so you’re more likely to develop depression and anxiety with one of these conditions.

How does preventive care work?

There are several ways in which preventive care can support better long-term health, including:

Healthy living

Preventable diseases like those above are primarily due to aspects of your lifestyle like poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Your SIPMD provider identifies areas that need improvement and helps you make changes like improving your diet and losing weight.

Screening

Screening is a way of detecting diseases at their earliest stages when they’re easier to treat. You need different types of screening exams as you get older. 

For example, women over 65 who haven’t had any previous problems no longer need a Pap smear for cervical cancer. However, their need for bone density scans increases because of the higher risk of osteoporosis in older age. 

Some simple forms of screening, like blood and urine tests, typically continue throughout old age. Your SIPMD provider can manage your screenings according to your age and risk.

Immunization

Your immunization needs also change as you get older. Diseases like flu, pneumonia, and COVID-19 are generally a lot more dangerous in older people, but having vaccinations against these diseases helps reduce your risk of getting seriously ill.

Your SIPMD provider ensures all your immunizations are up-to-date.

Wellness visits

Older people entitled to Medicare are eligible for free annual wellness visits. These are similar to a routine physical but focus on identifying ways to improve your health and prevent disease.

To find out more about preventive care, call SIPMD or use the online booking form today to schedule a telehealth consultation or a home visit.