What is preventive medicine?Preventive medicine, or preventative medicine, is basically preventive healthcare, and it is given with the intention to avoid or reduce the patient’s risk of developing certain illnesses or ailments in the future that can affect their productivity and the way they live. In order for this kind of medicine to work, we must include a patient’s evaluation through regular exams and checkups that will let us know that the body is functioning the way it should be. It will also help us identify any nutritional or hormonal problems, or detect silent conditions like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol that can affect the patient’s health.
With that in mind, we can start the patient on an early treatment to prevent the illness from getting worse. Preventive medicine establishes a proactive patient treatment plan that includes dietary modifications, stress management, exercise programs and any other appropriate medical intervention necessary to preserve optimum human function and the best quality of life. In some cases, vitamins and supplements can be used as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted diseases.
What is functional medicine?In order to achieve success at preventing age-related diseases, anti-aging medicine utilizes functional medicine, which is also an effective science-based approach. Its purpose is to search for the underlying causes of the illness, focusing on evaluating the body as a whole. That includes paying extra attention to the relationship of all the different kinds of body systems, taking into account the nutrient imbalances and toxic overload that may negatively affect these relationships.
People often have imbalances in the body, which may be due to hormonal, nutritional or toxin exposures. This kind of impact can easily create the perfect environment for disease to develop or strengthen. Our functional medicine is a complete model that focuses on the complex interaction between genes and environment. It offers individualized therapies designed to restore health and balance, and to improve function. Our main approach to the subject is to focus on the search for the underlying causes and not on the treatment of the symptoms. We want to get ahead of possible diseases and attack them before they appear or get stronger, instead of having to control the illness because it's already too late to prevent it.