One common misconception in healthcare is that there is no need to see a primary care provider unless you are sick. However, establishing a visit with an Internist is beneficial for adult health and wellness. Internists are specialized with dealing with adult and geriatric patients, taking care of complex chronic diseases.
An Internist is the one, central physician who is personally familiar with you and your health. Because of this, they are knowledgeable on your risk factors based on your family history. For example, if there is a trend of high blood pressure in your family, they can recommend lifestyle changes.
Internists are then able to diagnose health conditions before they get out of control, such as Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, and heart conditions. For example, Diabetes Mellitus affects 29 million people in the United States alone. An additional 86 million Americans are considered “high risk” for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Therefore, it is crucial to know the signs and symptoms of this condition to begin managing it as early as possible. Internists can aid in this process, as well as the management of existing conditions.
Finally, an Internist can help coordinate your overall wellness and health. They can suggest lifestyle changes that will minimize the possibility of developing obesity, heart disease, stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Many of the causes of these conditions are the leading causes of preventable death.
At IRMC Physician Group, we understand the need for a trusted Internist that will be your Primary care physician, who takes a distinctive approach at caring for you. Call us directly at (724) 427-2765 or (888) 452-4762 to get set up today.