Thursday, July 7, 2016

Early Disease Detection Key to Good Health

The most important aspect of protecting and preserving our good health is by early detection of disease. Discovering a disease in its early stages greatly increases the opportunity to reverse, stop or treat the damage and regain our health.  Rapid advances in the field of medicine have significantly improved our ability to maintain good health and enjoy longer lives.     

The following are three important and sequential steps leading to the early detection of disease.    
1) Education. Never before has there been so much information available to the general public on health-related topics.  Health care providers, nonprofit health organizations, government agencies and many other credible sources provide valuable information to make us aware of symptoms of various diseases.   Education leads us to obtaining the appropriate screening tests.          
2) Screening Tests.  Today there are more accurate and specific screening tests available than ever before.  Screening tests assess the probability and risk associated with certain diseases and help narrow the window to allow ordering of the appropriate diagnostic tests and medical exams.    
3) Diagnostic tests and medical exams.  These tests assist in putting together the jigsaw pieces of the puzzle to determine the correct diagnosis and treatment options.    

Disease is often a silent killer.  The underlying signs and symptoms of disease may not be apparent for a long time while our body is fighting.  Diabetes is an excellent example of a silent killer.  Education, screening and testing can help detect diabetes in its early stages so that the devastating effects of this disease on the body can be radically altered by awareness and the intervention of proper diet, exercise and medication.   

Don’t wait until it’s too late.  You have the power to turn the key and unlock a healthier and longer life.