Preventative & Lifestyle Medicine


Surplus body weight and unhealthy habits like smoking, excessively drinking alcohol, and a high-fat diet are the leading causes of many serious health problems. Malini Kumar, MD, at Premier Primary Care in Houston, Texas, specializes in using preventive and lifestyle medicine to address these problems. With her help, you can lose weight, sleep better, eat a healthy diet, and reduce stress. Discover how to benefit from preventive and lifestyle medicine by calling the office today or scheduling an in-person or telehealth appointment online.

What is preventive and lifestyle medicine?

Preventive and lifestyle medicine focuses on helping you make changes that reduce your risk of long-term health problems, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver cirrhosis (scarring)
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Depression
  • Dementia

Lifestyle and preventive medicine helps you make changes required to reduce your risk of these and many other life-changing medical disorders. It also improves your health if you have a chronic condition.

What does preventive and lifestyle medicine involve?

Dr. Kumar’s preventive and lifestyle medicine interventions include:

1. Dietary changes

Many health problems stem from the food choices you make. Lifestyle medicine shows you how to transfer from a high-fat, processed, unhealthy diet to one centered around fruits and vegetables, whole foods, high-quality protein sources, and healthy fats. Dr. Kumar provides nutrition counseling to help you make healthier choices.

2. Physical activity

Increasing your daily activity benefits every part of the body, from your lungs and heart to your joints and brain. You could join a gym or take up jogging, but if these activities don’t appeal, there are many other ways to exercise each day. Dr. Kumar helps you find exercises that suit you and ensure you exercise safely.

3. Good sleep hygiene

Sleep is when your body repairs and revitalizes itself. If you only sleep a few hours a night or frequently experience broken sleep, it raises your risk of health problems ranging from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes to mental health disorders. Dr. Kumar shows you how to sleep better and longer.

4. Stress management

Too much stress can severely impact your mental and physical health. Dr. Kumar shows you how to find stress management techniques that work for you. She also helps you stop smoking, drinking, and misusing drugs by finding healthier ways to manage life’s challenges.

How do I get started with preventive and lifestyle medicine?

Premier Primary Care centers all its treatments on preventive and lifestyle medicine principles. To receive these benefits, you simply need to enroll in primary care with the practice.

Dr. Kumar offers new patient physicals where she reviews your medical history, assesses your current health, and learns about lifestyle changes you need to make. She then develops a personalized treatment plan for you.

Call Premier Primary Care today or book an appointment online to learn more about the benefits of preventive and lifestyle medicine. Telehealth consultations are also available. 

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