Heal doctors are able to assess your diet and provide diet counseling. Many of the leading causes of death in the United States, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke are preventable or manageable diseases. Although genetics and family history play a role in a person’s predisposition to developing these diseases, comprehensive primary and preventive care along with a healthy diet can significantly lower the risk of developing many of the diseases afflicting millions of Americans every day.
Poor diet can contribute to developing a number of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Tooth decay
- Eating disorders
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
Because the factors that influence nutrition and food choices are complex, a licensed primary care doctor can help you understand the social, psychological, environmental, socioeconomic, and other obstacles to getting adequate nutrition and maintaining a healthy diet.
The caring, compassionate doctors that work with Heal can provide diet counseling starting with a full physical exam along with a comprehensive medical history, all in the privacy of your home. Because a Heal doctor house call takes place in your home and involves a very detailed medical history, the doctor will not only assess the state of your overall health, but will be better able to determine what genetic and lifestyle risk factors might be contributing to your eating behavior. If you feel comfortable, doctors can also take an inventory of the food in your refrigerator and cupboards and help you identify healthy alternatives to your favorite meals and snacks.
Doctors can also identify any underlying medical conditions which may have gone undiagnosed, which may be contributing to your food or weight issues. If you have already been diagnosed with a chronic condition such as hypertension or an autoimmune disease, your doctor can develop a specialized diet plan to help manage your condition.
Your doctor may prescribe medications to manage any conditions you may have. At the doctor’s discretion, she may draw blood or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
If you are struggling with your diet, take a proactive approach to maintaining your health and book a doctor house call with Heal.