A 2009 study from the University of California reveals that most young people, ages 10 to 17, are not getting adequate preventive health care.
Part of the study examined whether doctors talked with teens or parents about six key health issues, including healthy diet and exercise. In preventive health care visits, doctors discussed at least one of the six issues with less than half of study participants, HealthDay reports.
Likely as expected, adolescents with private health insurance had better access to preventive health care than those publicly insured or uninsured.
Given these challenges, it makes sense for parents and children to seek alternative health care practices for preventive care.
Many chiropractors, acupuncturists and naturopaths are able to devote significant time to patients, young and old. Unfortunately, the daily demands placed on some traditional physicians might prevent thorough examinations.
And if cost is an issue, alternative health care options are often economically feasible, and many insurers offer coverage or discount programs for these services. Some practitioners also recommend or provide relatively inexpensive dietary supplements for long-term maintenance and prevention.