Much more than a medication expert, your pharmacist is also a valuable resource to help you adopt a healthy lifestyle and prevent illness.
Eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and managing your stress are the keys to health. These habits are a major part of the treatment for many diseases. Without a healthy lifestyle, the effectiveness of many drugs will be limited.
Your pharmacist understands that it isn’t always easy to change your ways, which is why he or she is there to help you get healthier. For example, your pharmacist can refer you to another health care professional (e.g., nurse or nutritionist) to provide you with more information or support.
When it comes to prevention, many pharmacies also have vaccination clinics, a travel health service, a smoking cessation consultation service for pregnant women, to give just a few examples. Ask about the services that your pharmacist can provide.