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Preventive Care

Take an easy step towards good health

Preventive care is important for maintaining overall health. Regular visits with your doctor let you know if you’re in top shape. They can also help alert you to any health risks, so you can take action for improved wellness.

 

When you should get screened

Your doctor will help you stay up to date with immunizations or required health screenings you may need based on your age, gender or health history. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your screening schedule.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adult preventive care guidelines

  • Blood pressure. It’s important to get tested for high blood pressure annually, or as needed beginning at age 18. High blood pressure is greater than 140/90.
  • Cholesterol. It’s recommended that men aged 35 and older get checked for high cholesterol levels every five years. Men and women at high risk who are 20 and older should also be screened. Increased cholesterol levels can lead to a higher risk factor for coronary heart disease.
  • Colorectal cancer screening. Beginning at the age of 50, you should get screened to check for early signs of colon cancer. The CDC recommends getting a sigmoidoscopy every five years (or as needed) or a colonoscopy every ten years (or as needed).
  • Diabetes. If you’re at low risk for diabetes, you should take a blood sugar (glucose) exam every three years. If you’re at high risk, then it should be taken annually. If you have symptoms of diabetes, it’s important to see a doctor right away.

 

Additional preventive care

Oral health. You should brush your teeth twice a day and try to replace your tooth brush every three or four months. It’s also important to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups.

 

Eye health. Get an eye exam every one to two years, or as recommended. Already wear glasses or contacts? No worries, this just means more frequent check-ups. Regular eye exams are important to your health. This is especially true if you have diabetes, as you’re at greater risk for eye complications.