Dr. McCrea on the Importance of Preventative Care

Dr. McCrea on the Importance of Preventative Care


So why is preventive care important? So, you know the old adage, you know, an ounce
of prevention is better than a pound of cure, right? I think that has kind of stood the test of
time and gone through the ages. But what I think preventive medicine really
is that you are moving your health further up your priority list. When we wait for things to happen to us, then
it means that we’re in a very reactive stance. So I’m trying to put band aids over wounds
or over injuries. When you really get invested in preventive
medicine, you’re doing things to prevent disease, to improve quality of life, and then also
hopefully to improve quantity of life. You know, preventive medicine is taking an
active stance in terms of exercise, it’s taking an active stance in terms of the types of
foods you eat, it’s making a decision to actually go to the doctor on a regular basis. I often have conversations with my patients
about the idea that we often treat our cars better than we treat our body. You know that you’re going to get your oil
changed every 3,000 miles or every 5,000 miles or every 10,000 miles because that’s what
you do. How often do you make sure that you do your
annual check up with your physician because that’s actually your body. So I think one of the things in terms of real
prevention is making sure that you can stay on top of your personal regular maintenance
and what that means to you.

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