December 8, 2021

Taking Charge of Your Health with Preventative Medicine

Advancements in modern medicine have made it easier than ever before for individuals to take control of their health. Regular health screenings, including mammograms, colonoscopies, and even monitoring blood pressure, are part of preventive medicine that focuses on the overall health of people and communities.

“The goal of preventive medicine is to promote the health and well-being of our patients and to prevent disease and disability,” said Dr. Sanila Rana , an internist with Midtown Medical Group.

If you are at risk for specific conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and coronary heart disease because of lifestyle or genetics, getting out ahead of the disease before it occurs can help lead to more positive health outcomes. 

Rana’s approach to preventative care for her patients is what she refers to as shared decision-making. Her bedside manner is not to dictate a particular procedure or screening but rather to discuss the risks and benefits of each one with patients. Taking a collaborative approach helps both her and her patients make sure they are on the same page, and both play a role in making health care decisions.

In addition to regular health screenings, another big part of preventive medicine is lifestyle factors. Maintaining a healthy weight, keeping blood pressure in check, getting plenty of physical activity, and adequate rest all play a role. Keeping current on vaccinations, including tetanus, flu, whooping cough, shingles, and pneumonia, is also critical.

“When a patient is willing to engage in preventive medicine and work hand-in-hand with their physician, they have the power to become their own best advocate,” said Rana.

For more questions about your health and necessary screenings, make an appointment with Dr. Rana today by visiting: