Preventative Care

Taking Care of Preventative Care

Having viable health insurance affords you the opportunity to live a healthier life and possibly avoid diseases or conditions that can lower your quality of life. By taking advantage of preventative care, you can be or remain healthy. Here are a few of the ways you can improve your life with preventative care.

Preventative Care

What is Preventative Care?

You may have considered getting preventative care because you have heard the term, but the fact is you don’t know what preventative care entails. You are not alone; many with health insurance have expressed confusion over preventative care. In the broader sense, preventative care is the care you receive in order to stave off illness or disease. These services are free and include things like immunizations and health screenings.

Get it Before it Gets You.

One of the most significant benefits of preventative care is being able to catch something early. Most insurance companies offer screenings for high LDL cholesterol and diabetes. Early detection of diabetes can make mean avoiding issues such as neuropathy and poor circulation. If not detected and symptoms worsen form type two diabetes, things such as leg ulcers, amputations and kidney failure are real possibilities. Finding out your LDL cholesterol is too high allows you to adjust your diet and perhaps take medication to lower it, which helps you to avoid plaque in arteries and things like bypass surgery or stents.

Cancer screenings are vital to the survival of the cancer patient. If caught early studies across a number of cancer types show that when detected at stage one, survival rates are exponentially higher. Cancer screenings can be a matter of life and death.

Obesity is a growing issue in most western industrialized nations, and screening to find out if you are only overweight or obese can be useful to those who want to live a healthier life. Despite the “Body Positive” movement, obesity comes with a number of issues such as diabetes, joint pain (especially in the feet), sleep apnea, and most importantly, heart disease. In an obesity screening, a doctor can suggest ways to reduce body fat and in some cases, prescribe pills to curb your appetite.

 

Preventative Care

If you are always sluggish and feel sad most of the time, a depression screening can reveal if you are just a little blue or if you have clinical depression. If the depression is mild enough, your general practitioner may prescribe a mild antidepressant, or if it is more acute, refer you to a psychiatrist. There are millions of depression sufferers who live an unnecessarily bleak existence. Men especially are hesitant to get help for depression, but being screened by their own doctor removes some of the uneasiness that they might feel seeking out a psychologist or psychiatrist and therefor depression screenings are immensely useful.

Of course, pediatric screenings have become a necessity in this day and age of process foods and youth sitting idle for hours on end. There are numerous pediatric screenings for such things as vision, hearing, obesity, depression. One issue that can be managed and somewhat mitigated by screenings in early childhood is autism. Learning a child is autistic while still a toddler can allow doctors and parents to plan out educational and social programs that will help them to develop and lessen the impact of their condition.

Why Wait?

As you can clearly see, preventative screenings are not only important; they come at no or little cost. Scheduling screenings for yourself and your children can save thousands of dollars down the road and give you peace of mind.

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