Take Control of Your Health
You have the power to take an active role in your overall health and Dr. Kathleen Vanier is ready to partner with you as you move along your health journey. The first step in health maintenance is to schedule an annual health exam in San Francisco with Dr. Vanier. This appointment can serve as your baseline health check, helping to identify any red flags about your current health or your risk factors for disease.
Here are some things you can do right now to get healthier:
- If possible, learn your family history of disease. Many health problems are genetic, so understanding as much as you can about your family tree could help guide your diagnostic and treatment plan.
- Get the appropriate vaccinations. The flu vaccine is highly recommended every year and there are many other immunizations that can keep you healthy – especially if you are traveling to a different country.
- Schedule the appropriate screenings for your age and risk factor. This may include a mammogram, colonoscopy, blood glucose test, etc.
- Always wear your seatbelt. An estimated 14,900 lives were saved in 2017 alone due to seatbelt use in passenger vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Stop smoking and vaping. Smoking causes cancer, stroke, lung diseases, heart disease and many other conditions. Cigarette smoking is responsible for over 480,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. Vaping is also associated with an outbreak of lung injury and even death.
- Minimize alcohol consumption. If you feel you might have an alcohol problem, Dr. Vanier has resources to help you quit.
- Don’t abuse prescription or illegal drugs. Again, if you need help to fight an addiction, Dr. Vanier can provide resources for you.
- Practice safe sex. You can reduce your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease by using condoms and getting tested if you are sexually active with multiple partners.
- Consume a well-balanced diet. Reducing your intake of processed foods and boosting your consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats will improve your health and give you more energy. Weight loss is often an added benefit.
- Move more. Incorporate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. Cardiovascular activities as well as strength training will help your mind and body.
To learn more about health maintenance recommendations for your unique situation, please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vanier.