You have the power to moderate or eliminate many of the top preventable health risk factors that lead to illness or premature death.
Making healthy lifestyle decisions and following a regular schedule of preventive care is the key to better health results and a higher quality of life.
Preventive care also known as preventive medicine places its emphasis on preventing health issues or identifying small problems before they become a major health crisis.
Your Marshfield Clinic doctor will recommend lifestyle changes and screenings that are appropriate for your overall health, age and gender.
Preventive care doesn’t guarantee good health – some illnesses and conditions develop without warning.
However, preventive care and healthy lifestyle decisions give you the best chance to avoid or moderate many serious problems.
The list at the bottom of this article, details the top preventable risk factors for premature death.
Avoiding each of these preventable risk factors involves either a lifestyle decision or early detection of the problems they cause or both.
Your doctor can help you take the steps necessary to reduce or eliminate these health risks and can identify related or other problems through regular examinations and screening tests.
For most people, making a few healthy lifestyle decisions will greatly reduce or eliminate preventable risk factors. These include:
Avoid all tobacco usage in any form
Avoid alcohol or use in moderation
Maintain a healthy weight
Eat a healthy diet
Making and maintaining these decisions is easier said than done, but with the help of your Marshfield Clinic doctor, you can prevent or lessen many risk factors for serious illness or premature death.
Preventable causes of death
Smoking: 467,000 deaths
High blood pressure: 395,000 deaths
Inadequate physical activity and inactivity:
High blood sugar:
High LDL cholesterol:
High dietary salt:
Low dietary omega-3 fatty acids (seafood):
High dietary trans fatty acids:
Low intake of fruits and vegetables:
Low dietary poly-unsaturated fatty acids:
Harvard University public health researchers concluded these are the leading preventable risk factors for premature death in the United States annually.