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Primary Care

Marina Village Medicine

Medical Clinics located in Alameda, CA

Dr. Jag Khaira, Dr. Elpidio Magalong and the team at Marina Village Medicine in Alameda, California, keep you healthy, help prevent illness, and catch disease symptoms early before serious problems arise. The experienced medical team offers primary care services, including preventive medicine and chronic disease management, that improve your quality of life. If you live in Alameda, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, San Leandro, Castro Valley, or Hayward, schedule a wellness exam and disease screening today or book an appointment online.

Primary Care Q & A

What is primary care?

Your primary care doctor is your main point of contact for preventive medicine, sick visits, and chronic disease management. They complete annual physical exams and screen you for (or help you manage) the following diseases.

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Fatty liver
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Thyroid and other hormone disorders

Catching symptoms of these and other chronic diseases early can prevent serious health complications, which is why seeing a primary care doctor regularly is so important.

What are the chronic disease risk factors?

Genetics plays a role in chronic disease development. In other cases, certain lifestyle habits can increase your risk. A sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, poor dietary habits, and smoking or drinking too much alcohol are all major disease risk factors.

What should I expect during primary care appointments?

Regardless of the reason for your primary care visit, board-certified providers at Marina Village Medicine check your:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure
  • Medical history
  • Lungs, heart, eyes, throat, and ears

Your doctor completes a physical examination and may screen you for health conditions like high cholesterol, high blood sugar, cancer, or sexually transmitted infections if you’re at risk. They also offer vaccines as needed to prevent health problems, and discuss treatment options if you’re sick or have a chronic disease.

If you require the care of a specialist, your provider refers you to a medical expert in the area for further evaluation, testing, or treatment.

If you’re interested in a weight loss program or aesthetics treatments, such as Botox®, CoolSculpting®, Dysport®, or Latisse® for eyelash growth, your provider gives you more information about these cosmetic services.

How can I prevent chronic diseases?

Based on your health and medical history, your doctor discusses ways to reduce your chronic disease risk factors. Examples include:

  • Achieving or maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Limiting or avoiding alcohol and sugary drinks
  • Reducing dietary sodium and saturated fat
  • Avoiding processed meats and other processed foods
  • Not smoking
  • Exercising regularly
  • Getting at least seven hours of sleep each night
  • Managing stress
  • Attending regular wellness checkups

While you can’t always prevent illness and disease, properly managing health conditions can eliminate serious complications and drastically improve your quality of life. Call Marina Village Medicine to book your next primary care appointment or use the online scheduler.