Preventing Disease in the New Year
The start of the New Year often sparks patients to make New Year goals to improve their health and lead a better lifestyle. And while focusing on losing weight or eating better can help you improve your health, it’s important to remember to protect yourself from common communicable or preventable diseases and conditions.
Here are some ways to protect and improve your health in the New Year.
Common Preventable Diseases
Many diseases can be prevented through improved hygiene and getting vaccinated. Knowing what vaccines you and your family should get are essential to your health. Some common preventable diseases with vaccines include:
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (Influenza)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
- Polio (Poliomyelitis)
- Rubella (German Measles)
- Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
- Tetanus (Lockjaw)
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Remember to visit the CDC to learn more about each vaccine above, and visit Urgentology Care to stay up to date on your vaccines.
Poor Lifestyle Habits Lead to Disease
On the note of improving your diet and exercise in the New Year — it is true that a poor lifestyle can increase your risks of developing certain diseases.
Called lifestyle diseases, preventable chronic diseases can often progress due to poor habits such as a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and excessive drinking. These conditions include:
- Type 2
- Cardiovascular disease
- Certain types of cancer such as lung cancer
Knowing Your Medical History
Another important aspect of improving your health is knowing your own medical history. If you’re aware of chronic diseases or conditions that are in your family history or have been noted previously by your doctor, you’ll have more information on how to adjust your habits and support your health.
Family Urgent Care Services in Arlington
No matter your health concern — our team at Urgentology Care is here to help. We will ensure you get an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for your illness. Stop in today for a walk-in appointment, or call to make an appointment. (817) 799-7273