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Doctor-Patient Relationship Helps Mind and Body Alike

08/10/17

  04:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: American Health Care Act

Doctor-Patient Relationship Helps Mind and Body Alike

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The advantages of preventive care usually focus on the physical aspects of regular wellness exams, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. But there's also a mental component that shouldn't be overlooked – and which MedBen WellLiving's "physician first" wellness approach can play a critical role.

According to The Washington Post, a recent report by mental health experts cited risk factors that, if addressed through lifestyle modification, could prevent up to 35% of the world's dementia cases. Among these factors are the chronic conditions hypertension and diabetes, in addition to smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.

Interestingly, the stage of life in which you develop a chronic condition may also affect your mental health. The report notes that individuals with hypertension and obesity in middle age, or diabetes and smoking in later years, carry an even greater dementia risk.

MedBen WellLiving stresses the importance of a doctor-patient relationship for a variety of reasons, such as building a long-term rapport. But for the doctor, it's also vital to have a "big picture" view of the patient -- that is, to detect symptoms early on that, by themselves, may not mean much, but could very well lead to bigger problems down the road.

A wellness program that encourages smart lifestyle choices in consultation with a family doctor can benefit mind and body alike. To learn more about how MedBen WellLiving can help you to promote better overall health and lower care costs, please contact Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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