Content provided by the Health & Wellness Team at GBS Benefits
Diet and exercise are an important part of disease prevention; however, annual preventive care is also crucial for overall health. Staying on top of regularly scheduled doctor appointments, screenings, vaccinations, and disease management can make all the difference in catching a disease before it develops further. Connecting with health care providers is key to protecting the body and mind from potential issues and disease.
Understanding Preventive Care
As we age, the list of preventive screenings increases to ensure a developing disease is detected and treated prior to becoming unmanageable. Beginning at age 18, adults should undergo these preventive screening exams. Please consult with a doctor to confirm what applies to your individual health.
Females: Ask a provider about cervical exams, breast cancer screenings, lipid disorder exams, and colorectal exams.
Males: Ask a provider about lipid disorder exams, colorectal exams, and prostate screenings.
Children: It is recommended that children receive the appropriate screenings and vaccinations to ensure good health.
Click the links below to review more details on preventive screening for adults and children:
Adult Health Screenings
Children Health Screenings
Preparation is Key
Knowing what is recommended and expected at a preventive care visit can be daunting. While your time with the doctor may be limited, adequate planning will help ensure you both get the information you require. Consider the following suggestions before seeing a doctor.
- Make a list of questions, symptoms, and concerns you want to discuss. Visit https://www.ahrq.gov/questions/question-builder/online.html for an online question builder to help you prepare for a doctor visit.
- Ask your doctor questions if you do not comprehend something. You deserve to understand all the information about your condition or treatments.
- Know your symptoms and explain them clearly to the doctor. Your doctor needs accurate, information to help. Be open and honest. Some symptoms may be embarrassing but may be vital to your diagnosis.
- Make sure to inform your doctor of any allergies or if you are taking any medications.
- Find a doctor with whom you are comfortable. This will make it easier to have open discussions, and ultimately you will receive better care.
Equally as important as physical health is mental health. Don’t be afraid to discuss behavioral health concerns with your doctor during your annual visits. They are trained to help get you access to proper care.