Preventive Care: It’s More Than Just Your Annual Check-up

Probiotics. Superfoods. HIIT. They’re all considered wellness buzzwords today. Another one? Self-care.

An essential part of self-care is preventive care. Preventive exams and services help detect and prevent potential health risks as well as make sure your mind and body are functioning optimally.

Preventive care is just as important as going to the doctor when you’re sick or making sure you eat healthy. Especially since, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of the U.S. population has preventable chronic illnesses or conditions.

One of our past posts scratches the surface on basic preventive measures. But to emphasize just how vital they are, we’re diving deeper with a list of four preventive care recommendations to discuss with your physician.

1. Skin Checks

Regular self- and doctor-performed skin exams are an important part of detecting malignant skin cancer. If you notice excessive darkening, an expanding mole, a lump forming, or a particularly tender area—see your doctor!

2. Gender-specific Exams

Ladies, mammograms and well woman exams will help keep your health in check. For men, prostate exams and adult well male exams will do the same. Talk with your doctor about other gender-specific preventive exams you should have.

Related Blog: Built to Last: Men’s Health Through the Ages

3. Blood Pressure Screening

According to the CDC, one in three Americans have high blood pressure—that’s 75 million people! It’s a good idea to visit your doctor and get yours screened regularly in addition to eating whole foods and exercising.

4. Dental Exam

When you have your teeth cleaned, dentists and hygienists are looking for more than plaque and cavities. They’re checking for mouth cancers, gum disease, and other health issues that have oral symptoms. To keep your teeth and bill of health squeaky clean, see your dentist!

Finally, pay attention to how you feel. It may seem obvious, but if something feels off, get it checked out. As we age, things change. The earlier you catch potential health issues, the more treatment options are likely available. So, don’t wait. Maintain your health with preventive care!