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The power of preventive care
Even if you feel fine, regular checkups matter. They can help you stay healthy, identify changes in your health and avoid future problems.
Overview of preventive care
Preventive care focuses on taking steps to promote health and wellness. Examples include getting regular physicals and screening tests based on your age, health and family history. It also includes getting vaccines (shots).
Vaccines help protect us from certain diseases, like measles, hepatitis and the flu. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends specific vaccines for infants, children and adults at certain times. To learn more, visit the CDC website.
Staying at a healthy weight can also help lower your chances of getting certain diseases. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. It helps identify if you’re underweight, overweight or obese. Find BMI calculators here.
For information on recommended preventive care services for you and your family, click the appropriate link:
Diabetes is a serious disease. But there is good news. Whether you already have diabetes or want to avoid getting it, there are steps you can take to lead a healthier life:
- Make a commitment to managing your diabetes.
- Don’t smoke.
- Schedule routine doctor’s appointments and regular eye exams.
- Keep vaccines up to date.
- Take care of your teeth.
- Pay attention to your feet.
- If you drink alcohol, do so responsibly.
- Take stress seriously.
To learn more, visit diabetes.org.OR
High blood pressure, smoking, lack of exercise, a poor diet and more can increase your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. This tool from the American Heart Association can help you assess your risk and make healthy lifestyle choices.OR
Stress is a normal part of life, and everyone copes with it differently. But being stressed for long periods of time can hurt your health. This information from health.gov can help you find ways to prevent, manage and reduce stress.
Depression can affect almost every aspect of your life. To learn more about depression, including signs and symptoms, risk factors and possible treatments, read this information from the National Institute of Mental Health.OR
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in the United States. This screening tool developed by the World Health Organization helps assess alcohol use, drinking behaviors and related problems.
Misuse of prescription drugs can have serious medical consequences. This information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse can help you identify, prevent and treat prescription drug use.OR
Getting good care from your doctor isn’t a one-way street. People who are actively engaged in their health care tend to be happier with it and have better medical results.
This video highlights the importance of asking questions during your appointment. And this brochure provides tips for being more involved in your health care — before, during and after your medical appointment.