Stopping the Ailments Before They Stop You!
You get one body and you want to keep it moving and functioning. Getting older shouldn't mean you stop. One of the best ways to stay on the move is with preventive health care. Preventive health means screening for illness or disease before you have signs or feel sick. Preventive health screenings may find diseases early when they are easier to treat and stop some diseases from occurring. Identifying health issues before they become serious is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
Don’t let cost keep you from having these tests. Most health plans, including Medicare, pay for preventive tests. Your doctor can help make the case, if need be. He may also be able to send you to free or low-cost programs.
1. Blood pressure check: High blood pressure can cause a heart attack, a stroke, eye problems and kidney problems without you even knowing your blood pressure is high. That’s why it’s important to get your blood pressure checked, even if you don’t think you have a problem. If your blood pressure is lower than 120/80, at least once every 2 years is usually fine. If it’s higher, your doctor probably will want to check it more often.
2. Cholesterol screening: Heart disease is one of the top causes of death in the U.S. One of its main risk factors is high cholesterol. After you turn 20, you should start getting your cholesterol tested at least once every 4 to 6 years. A simple blood test shows your levels and risk for heart disease.
As you age, your risk for heart disease goes up. If you’re in your 50s, it's important to keep getting screened.
There are many types of preventive services such as seeing your doctor once a year for a physical, getting a cancer screening, or having an eye exam just to name a couple of the most important preventive health practices. . Your age, health, and sex will determine which tests or screenings you should have. Your doctor will be able to tell you which screenings are right for you and can help find health issues before they become serious.