Preventive Care Specialist

Richard J. Metz, MD, FACP

Concierge Internal Medicine located in Los Angeles, CA

The cornerstone of Dr. Richard Metz's medical practice is preventive health care. Early detection for any and all diseases or conditions is the most effective method of healthcare. Patients in the Los Angeles, California area seeking a better understanding of their health should see Dr. Metz as soon as possible to ensure a healthier future. The doctor is always in: To begin the path to good health care, call Dr. Metz today.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive health care?

Preventive health care involves identifying and then modifying risk factors to prevent disease or find diseases before they reach advanced stages and preventing them from developing any further. Millions die each year from preventable deaths, and just one extra exam or screening can be the difference between life and death. Regular visits with Dr. Metz could potentially be life-saving.

What exams are conducted as part of preventive healthcare?

Preventive health care encompasses a wide range of exams and tests. Men and women at certain ages are more susceptible to certain diseases, so age and genetics play a large role in screening choices. Annual physical exams are also vital for confirming good health in both men and women. These exams may also include screenings for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

With regular screenings and tests, Dr. Metz can safely and thoroughly check for all types of conditions. Genetics are also taken into consideration. Dr. Metz performs a full screening based on family history to look for any conditions for which patients may have elevated risk.

How does nutrition and exercise play a role in preventive healthcare?

More weight means the body must work harder to keep functioning. As a result, people who are obese or significantly overweight are at higher risk for developing health conditions like cardiovascular or heart disease.

By adhering to a strict regimen of regular exercise and good nutrition, patients can reduce their risk of contracting several diseases. Nutrition and exercise can help strengthen the heart, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress. Dr. Metz can help patients reduce their risk for diseases and potentially life-threatening conditions while guiding them towards a healthier and happier future.

What types of immunizations and disease treatments are available?

Immunizations are a vital part of preventive health care, as they shield patients from potentially life-threatening diseases. Additional immunizations may be needed for patients who plan to travel abroad.

Immunizations work by injecting a vaccine that mimics particular diseases into the body. The body’s immune system then develops protection against that strain of disease, bolstering its natural resistance. Dr. Metz offers a full range of immunizations and treatments for his patients, such as:

  • Influenza
  • Pneumonia
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis 
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Human papilloma virus
  • Typhoid

Proper immunization, in addition to regular health exams and screenings, are the best way to prevent diseases before they can take effect.