Why You Need a Primary Care Doctor

Doctor examining little girl

It’s sometimes very easy to forget about getting and staying healthy. Life gets busy, and if you’re a parent, the focus is mostly on your kids, not on yourself. That includes getting them to their doctor when they get sick, going to the local walk-in clinic, or trying to treat them at home, if it’s something minor. If you’re a woman, you may only be getting your annual mammogram, or ob-gyn exam — both very important.

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Keeping an Eye on Kids’ Eyes

A softball player looking over her shoulder preparing to hit the ballWe all heard it growing up: “You only have two eyes, so you need to take care of them.”

Just as eye exams are important for adults every one to two years (depending on personal risk factors and family history of eye disease), parents need to be vigilant about their children’s eye health, when it comes to screenings, recess, and sports.

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Be on the Lookout for Cataracts

A cataract is one of several eye ailments to look out for as we age, but it’s also something that we can help prevent. This normally clear area of an eye’s lens becomes cloudy and impairs vision. While it can be present as early as birth, or shortly thereafter due to an infection acquired by the mother during pregnancy, it can also be caused by an eye injury, or post-surgery for an eye problem.

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Man Up! Focus on Men’s Health

Studies show that women are three times more likely to visit their doctors for preventive care than men. When it comes to men being mindful of their own health, guys are often guilty of avoidance because they may feel embarrassed or less “manly” if something isn’t feeling or functioning quite right. That’s even more reason for men to see their doctor for regular checkups and routine screenings.

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Get Hip to Hepatitis, Then Prevent It

Variety may be the spice of life, but not when it comes to hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). Whether acute (short-term), or chronic (long-term), each one from this “family” of viruses can have an extremely serious impact on the body. Yet, hepatitis can be prevented, either by avoiding exposure, or (with the exception of hepatitis C, and the rarer D and E strains), by getting vaccinated.

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Where There’s Smokeless, There’s Still Fire: Smokeless Tobacco Dangers

The list of diseases resulting from smoking is long and devastating, from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and emphysema, to lung cancer, and more. Cigarette smoking alone accounts for more than 480,000 deaths per year (about one in five deaths annually), and more than 16 million people live with a smoking-related disease.

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The Grown-Up Lunchbox

A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report cited that Americans spend over $3,000 each year on eating out, in general. (Spending an average of $10 per out-of-office lunch per work week alone can set you back $2,500 per year!) According to a 2016 study from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 92 percent of restaurant meals have too many calories.

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