Health Care for Teenagers

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Many fatal diseases in adults get started with poor health habits at a young age. Dr. Edward Hill discusses healthy habits for teenagers in the 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Sixty-five percent of all deaths in adults are caused by heart disease, cancer and stroke. Many of the behaviors that result in these conditions begin at a young age.

A healthy diet and regular physical exercise may help you to live a longer and healthier life.

Here are some things you can do at a young age to keep yourself healthy.

Avoid using any type of tobacco product.

Always use your seat belt in a car or truck.

Dont drink and drive. Dont get into a car with a driver who has been drinking alcohol or using drugs.

See your doctor regularly for preventive care. For teenagers, preventive care may include the following things:

Screening by your doctor to find out your risk for certain health problems.

Health information.

Measurements of height, weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Tests to check your general health or to find certain diseases.

Immunizations.

Its important to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your health or your body.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.