Preventive health care
All adults should visit their health care provider from time to time, even when they are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:
WHY PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE IS IMPORTANT
Even if you feel fine, you should still see your health care provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions.
Below are some of the tests that may be done or scheduled:
Your health care provider can recommend how often you might want to schedule a visit.
Another part of preventive health is learning to recognize changes in your body that may not be normal. This is so you can see your health care provider right away. Changes may include:
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STAY HEALTHY
In addition to seeing your doctor for regular checkups, there are things you can do to stay healthy and help lower your risk for diseases. If you already have a health condition, taking these steps can help you manage it.
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Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2014. Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/tools-and-resources-for-better-preventive-care. Accessed March 9, 2015.
Review Date: 4/11/2015
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