Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center

Arun Sehgal, MD

Internal Medicine located in Ramsey, NJ

The United States has an aging population that needs specialized geriatric medical care — around 10,000 people turn 65 every day. Board-certified Internist Arun Sehgal, MD, offers expert geriatrics care at Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center in Ramsey, New Jersey. He can help you protect and improve your health so you can continue to lead an active, fulfilling life. Call or schedule a consultation online today.

Geriatrics Q & A

What is geriatrics?

Geriatrics is a medical specialty area that focuses on the health needs of aging patients. For example, just as young children need a physician who understands their specific needs as they grow and develop, patients over the age of 65 need a doctor who understands the changes and challenges of their bodies.

Why do I need specialized care because I’m aging?

As you age, your risk of developing many health problems increases. As a result, you’re more likely to have several medical conditions and find that treatment for one issue negatively interacts with another illness. Additionally, you may find that you become frailer and that you don’t recover from exertion or injuries as quickly as you once did. 

Dr. Sehgal provides customized geriatrics care at Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center, including comprehensive wellness checks to see the big picture of your health. He understands how different medicines interact with each other and works with you and other specialists to coordinate your care for optimal physical function and health. 

Dr. Sehgal also offers longer appointments for geriatric patients as well as visits in nursing homes and hospitals. He wants to ensure you have time to talk about your health and get the information and support you need. 

What medical conditions affect geriatric patients?

Your risk of developing specific health problems increases as you age. Some of the most common health issues for older patients include:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes 
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Dementia
  • Depression

Your chances of sustaining serious injuries during a fall also increase with age. You also become more vulnerable to illnesses like the flu, pneumonia, and shingles as well as related complications. 

How can I protect my health?

Taking care of your health throughout your life improves your health as you age. For example, you should eat a nutritious diet, get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day, and maintain a healthy body weight. You should also avoid tobacco products and limit your use of alcohol.

It’s also essential to have routine health checks with a trusted physician like Dr. Sehgal. Often, when caught in their early stages, you can control health conditions with lifestyle modifications. 

If you’re looking for expert and compassionate geriatric care, call Dr. Sehgal at Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center or schedule a consultation online today.