Taking Good Care

doctor_checkupThis week, I was acutely reminded of the importance and benefits of taking good care of your health.  I just returned from my yearly physical exam with my primary care doctor, as I do try to practice what I preach in that regard.

My distinguished lab tests and generally laudatory comments by him reinforced my efforts at a mostly plant-based diet, regular exercise, and other preventive health habits (e.g. being a non-smoker, wearing seat belts and sunscreen, etc.).  These good results were coupled with my finding out in the past week about several former colleagues and acquaintances who died prematurely.

All were men who were in their 50s and 60s. One died of a fairly rare cancer, but the remaining individuals died of conditions that certainly were at least partially caused or aggravated by their health habits.

unhealthy_manDisregard for any diet or exercise program seemed to be the main offense in my mind.  However, I am sure that a closer investigation of their health care routine would reveal a pattern of denial.

Although not in the life-threatening category, in my practice here at Maine Laser Skin Care, I see people everyday who want their skin damage, of which there are various types and degrees, treated.  Almost universally, they lament the fact that they should have taken better care of their skin in the past.

In the defense of many of these people, some grew up in the age when sunscreen was not even available and the health benefits of sun exposure were emphasized.  Luckily, the state of medical and aesthetic technology keeps improving, and more treatments for prior damage are available and coming online.

diet_&_exerciseHowever, I would be remiss as a physician if I did not emphasize the preventive aspects of skincare and general health.  In consultations, I try to emphasize the holistic picture of combining diet, exercise and good skincare regimens to not only benefit the skin, but your health in general.

I hope that this blog post does not come off as too preachy.  I want you all to enjoy your life, feel better, and look better.  In order to do so, you need to maintain your health to prevent deterioration with time.

Take good care.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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