by William C. Logan, Jr, MD, Clinical Advisor, Humana, Inc.
When it comes to health care, prevention is key. It’s always better to keep you from getting sick than to have to treat you. That’s why regular health screenings are so important.
Here are several you should consider, and most are covered at no or low cost by Medicare.
Bone Density Screenings:
These are important because they help identify osteoporosis, or weak bones. In general, the lower your bone density, the higher your risk of fracture.
Glaucoma, an eye disease caused by extra fluid pressure in your eye, can cause gradual sight loss, often without symptoms. However, a simple test may catch it before you lose your vision.
Get one every year, especially if you’re a senior since the flu is more dangerous in older adults.
Blood pressure and cholesterol: Watching your blood pressure and cholesterol may help reduce your chances for a heart attack.
The risk of diabetes increases with age, and high blood sugar levels can lead to heart problems, kidney disease, eye damage, nerve disease and other serious problems.
Women should get regular mammograms, starting at age 40.
Colon Cancer Screening:
The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age.
Treatment works best when colorectal cancer is found early and screening should start by age 50.
If you haven’t already, schedule your annual exam and talk to your doctor about how to screen your way to a healthier life.