Preventive Medicine

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Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine

You’ve probably heard the term preventive medicine and maybe you thought of it in terms of cancer screening, blood pressure readings and basic lab work. 

According to the American College of Preventive Medicine defines it as: Preventive medicine is the practice of promoting preventive health care to improve patient well-being. The goal is to ultimately prevent disease, disability, and death. 

Functional medicine takes preventive medicine to the next level. I like to think of it more like proactive medicine – troubleshooting before anything becomes disease and diving deep to address every aspect of health. 

Illness-Wellness Continuum

In Functional Medicine we think about disease on a spectrum. In conventional medicine, you either have a disease or you don’t but in reality there is a lot of gray area. You don’t develop a chronic disease overnight, it is often years or even decades in the making. Diabetes is a great example. Type II diabetes is a lifestyle disease. You don’t go from perfectly insulin sensitive with excellent blood glucose levels to diabetic overnight. It is often years of blood sugar rollercoaster, sedentary behaviors, stress, lack of sleep that will accumulate over time and eventually lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. However, the earlier we can intervene on this continuum, the better the outcome and less disease progression and side effects we will see. 

Medicine 3.0

Right now, as it stands in conventional medicine aka Medicine 2.0 (as Dr. Peter Attia calls it – if you haven’t read his book Outlive – read it now!), we are really good at detecting and diagnosing disease but we really aren’t so great at actually preventing disease. Our current system is set up for sick care, not well care.

Enter Medicine 3.0 – the future of medicine and dare I say it, it is here! In Medicine 3.0 we are focused on early disease prevention, truly personalized medicine, and increasing healthspan and quality of life. We are looking to get to the root cause of disease to reverse it early and prevent chronic disease in the first place. We are using technology to personalize care – sleep trackers, labs, continuous glucose monitors and more! In Medicine 3.0 patients are active participants in their care and their health and they are motivated to take control. 

Wild Rice Wellness is all about preventive medicine and Medicine 3.0! We take personalized medicine to the next level to provide truly preventive care to achieve optimal wellness. Book a Free 15 minute consultation today!