Disease Prevention Strategies
Learning how to be healthy is one of the best things you can do to improve your life expectancy and get more enjoyment out of life. The medical professionals at Chapel Hill Primary Care will help you stay healthy by providing information about common diseases, giving you access to primary care services, and helping you find the right specialists for your medical team. Our evidence-based approach to medicine ensures you have access to proven disease prevention strategies and treatments.
Vaccinations protect you and your family members against communicable diseases like mumps, measles, tetanus, and hepatitis. Before scientists developed vaccines, these diseases spread quickly and had serious consequences in communities. Getting vaccinated makes it less likely you will develop a communicable disease and pass it to others. For example, the Tetanus diptheria pertussis booster is a vaccination that is recommended once during adulthood, and the Pneumonia vaccine is recommended over age 65 or in patients with certain chronic diseases.
Bacterial disease prevention strategies are another serious concern, especially if you have children or live with an elderly person who has a compromised immune system. When bacterial organisms enter the body, they can cause serious diseases such as meningitis, Legionnaire’s disease, pneumonia, and scarlet fever. Washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of such diseases. You should wash your hands before preparing food, after using the bathroom, and after changing a diaper or touching a contaminated surface. Avoid sharing personal items with family members and friends, as these items can become contaminated with bacterial and viral organisms. Covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough is also a good way to prevent the spread of disease.
If you eat a food contaminated with harmful organisms, you can develop a food-borne illness. Some foods are contaminated with Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium botulinum, Shigella, and other bacterial organisms. Viruses and parasites are also found in some contaminated foods. If you want to learn how to be healthy, you should learn about safe cooking and food preparation practices. Keep perishable foods in the refrigerator or freezer to reduce the risk of spoilage. Wash fruits and vegetables with a produce brush before eating to remove any harmful organisms from their surfaces. If you are working with raw meat, use a separate cutting board or prep surface to prevent the juices from contaminating other foods.
Chronic Disease Prevention Strategies
Heart disease, high blood pressure, and other chronic illnesses obesity, have serious effects on the body, so disease prevention strategies are necessary to avoid contracting these conditions. Getting regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet can help you control your blood pressure and prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic conditions. If you are not sure what foods you should be eating, we can help you develop a healthy menu plan that addresses your nutritional needs, and refer you to a dietitian who can offer more detailed nutrition counseling.
Primary Care Approach
Working closely with your primary care physician is a good way to learn how to be healthy and reduce your risk of developing serious diseases. Your doctor can provide referrals to nutritionists and other specialists, making it easier to manage your health and enjoy doing the things you love. Use our convenient patient portal to schedule an appointment today.