Posted August 17, 2023 by James Grow, Jr., M.D.
Life’s hustle and bustle can make it easy to forget to prioritize self-care. But, it’s important to take charge of your health. Regular preventive care and making healthy choices help achieve optimal health, improved quality of life and reduced risk for chronic disease.
If there is a potential health issue, preventive care increases the likelihood of early detection and in many cases, allows for early intervention and treatment for improved outcomes.
SummaCare offers four ways you can be proactive in achieving optimal health. Schedule routine checkups and health screenings with your provider today and take the first step towards a healthier tomorrow.
Schedule routine medical and dental checkups
Regular appointments with your primary care provider (PCP) and dentist are important ways to be proactive in your health. In addition to physical exams, regular visits can focus on preventive care. Some examples of screening are listed below. Please check with your PCP because recommendations vary based on recommending professional group.
In addition, your PCP can recommend lifestyle changes to decrease your risk of chronic disease or important preventive health and cancer screenings, based on your age, gender, family history and lifestyle. Regular appointments also provide the opportunity to discuss any health concerns you may have and how best to address them.
Regularly screen for cancer
Cancer screening tests can help find a cancer before the person experiences any symptoms. Regular cancer screenings increase your chance of detecting certain cancers early when they are easier to treat.
Stay up to date on vaccinations
Vaccination is one of the safest and most convenient ways to protect your health by preventing diseases and other health problems. Vaccines offer your body protection by helping your immune system remember how to fight a specific infection.
Adults need to keep their vaccines up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a routine adult vaccination schedule by age.
Know your risk factors and take control of your health
Knowing your family history is an important first step to a healthier you. If you have a family history of a chronic disease, such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes, you’re more likely to get the disease yourself.
Talk with your PCP about ways to reduce your risk, including early screening for applicable diseases or conditions. While you can’t change your genes, you can reduce some of your risk factors by choosing healthy lifestyle options, including:
While you can’t turn back the clock, you can be proactive and slow down aging. By getting the right health screenings and preventive care, you are taking the right steps toward living a longer, healthier life.