Think of your primary care provider (PCP) as your trusted go-to health advisor. A wise patient understands that having an ongoing relationship with one coordinator for all services of healthcare is a huge help. The PCP looks at the big picture of your overall care. Their role is to provide care including health promotion, health maintenance, counseling, assessing the urgency of medical problems and making referrals to specialists when necessary.

Your primary care doctor can treat temporary ailments, but even more importantly helps to keep you healthy or catch health issues before they become serious. Annual exams check everything from your blood pressure, cholesterol, to cancer and diabetes screenings. This is also a good time to discuss any changes in your health so your doctor can help you adjust. Take charge of your health by staying current on your well-care visits, screenings and immunizations. Live a healthier and happier life through preventive care.

"Man may be the captain of his fate, but is also the victim of his blood sugar."   Wilfrid G. Oakley