Preventative Medicine

Tamara Maher, DO -  - Family Medicine Physician

Maher Family Practice

Tamara Maher, DO

Family Medicine Physician located in Los Alamitos, CA

Preventive medicine is at the heart of all good health care because stopping diseases from developing in the first place is the best way to ensure your wellbeing. Preventive medicine is also a philosophy that reflects the passion and belief of Tamara Maher, DO, of Maher Family Practice in Los Alamitos, California. Dr. Maher is committed to improving the health of her patients using a preventive and holistic approach that addresses every element of healthy living and disease management. To find out more, call Maher Family Practice today, or book an appointment online.

Preventative Medicine Q & A

What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine is an approach to care that helps patients to look after their own health and wellbeing. The aim of preventive medicine is to empower patients by providing them with the knowledge and tools to make healthy choices and prevent ill health. Preventive medicine practitioners approach caring for their patients with a view to helping them lead healthier lives based on the principles of a good diet, exercise, and appropriate interventions.

Preventive medicine specialists like Dr. Maher have additional skills in social and behavioral sciences as well as medical expertise, for example:

  • Biostatistics
  • Occupational medicine
  • Environmental medicine
  • Evaluation of health services
  • Epidemiology
  • Research into specific population groups

All these areas of expertise help preventive medicine practitioners develop a broader understanding of how to prevent disease and ill health.

How does preventive medicine optimize good health?

The requirements for a healthy life are a well-balanced diet, regular exercise, and a positive mental outlook. All three of these essential elements combine to keep you happy, healthy, and strong. Other factors such as genetic influence and specific risk factors also play a role, but in terms of directing your own health, these aren’t as easy to change.

A healthy lifestyle is made up of:

  • A balanced, varied diet
  • Optimum water consumption
  • Being active in daily life
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Managing stress
  • Stimulating your mind

If any one of these elements is lacking, it can have serious consequences for your overall health. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, smoking, being overweight — these are all known risk factors for many serious health conditions but all are controllable with the right approach and information.

What tests are used in preventive medicine?

Dr. Maher supports all her patients who are trying to make changes in their lives, from providing nutritional advice to developing weight loss programs, and support to quit unhealthy habits. She also provides a range of health screening services, including:

  • STD screening
  • Pap smears
  • Colonoscopy
  • Mammograms
  • Cancer screening

You can discuss with Dr. Maher which screening tests are most appropriate for you, as this will vary according to your age and medical history. She can also analyze blood tests and urine samples to get a picture of any underlying health problems or nutritional deficiencies and work with you to correct any issues identified by the tests.

Dr. Maher has the expertise and experience required to help you make positive changes, and provides you with all the help and support you need to achieve better health. To find out how you can lead a happier, healthier life, call Maher Family Practice today, or book an appointment online.