Dr. Oliver Di Pietro explains further about disease prevention.
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The Importance of Preventative Medicine On behalf of tvlesson.com, this is Dr. Oliver Di Pietro with drdipietro.com. One topic that I really believe in this Preventative Medicine and regular visits to a physician -- by Preventative Medicine, I mean if you’ve got a sick, talk a doctor, be interviewed, ask about medical conditions, family history. Get a thorough physical examination. Get a very complete blood test and urine test, and then do certain screening tests which really are an extension of the physical examination. By this I mean, screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, screening mammography in women after age 40 or some people start the age 35 with their first mammogram, and then every year after age 40, screening colonoscopy after age 50, and preventative vaccinations -- Hepatitis A, B vaccines, tetanus vaccines, HPV vaccines in children, of course, all the childhood vaccinations. Another important part of Preventative Medicine is modification of risk factors, diet, and weight reduction, smoking cessation. We have some excellent medications now that can actually help smokers ‘kick the habit,’ exercise, way too few of us exercise or remember, support health care reform and see your doctor. On behalf of tvlesson.com, thank you for watching.