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The power of preventive care
Even if you feel fine, regular checkups are important. They can help you stay healthy, find changes in your health and stop problems early.
Preventive care overview
Preventive care is doing what you can to stay healthy. Examples include getting regular checkups and tests. These are often based on your age, health and family history. Another part of preventive care is getting needed vaccines (shots).
Vaccines help protect you from certain illnesses, such as measles, hepatitis and the flu. This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests 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 illnesses. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. It says if you’re underweight, overweight or obese. Find BMI calculators on the CDC website.
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You can also visit MyHealthFinder to learn about suggested care, tests and shots based on age and gender.
Diabetes is a serious illness. But there is good news. Whether you already have diabetes or want to avoid getting it, there are ways to lead a healthier life:
- Work hard to control your diabetes
- Don’t smoke
- Make regular doctor’s visits and eye exams
- Keep vaccines updated
- Take care of your teeth
- Pay attention to your feet
- If you drink alcohol, do so sensibly
- Take stress seriously
To learn more, visit diabetes.org.OR
High blood pressure, smoking, little if any exercise and a poor diet can increase your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. This tool from the American Heart Association can help you know your risk and make healthy lifestyle choices.OR
Stress can be a normal part of life. But being stressed for long periods of time can hurt your health. This information from health.gov can help you find ways to stop, take care of and lower your stress.
Depression may also be part of your life. Learn more from the National Institute of Mental Health. The site talks about depression, including signs, your chances of having it and how to care for it.OR
Alcohol is the most used drug in the United States. Check out this screening tool from the World Health Organization. It can help you review your alcohol use, how you act when you drink and other problems.
When people don't take their medicines the right way, it can lead to serious medical problems. Read this information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It can help you learn about, stop and care for problems related to misusing prescription drugs.OR
Getting good care from your doctor isn’t a one-way street. Those who are involved in their health care are usually happier with it and have better medical results.
This video shows how important it is to ask questions during your doctor visit. And this brochure has tips for being more involved in your health care before, during and after your visit.OR