Does anxiety or lack of time in the day keep you from getting important preventive care?
Regular exams are essential to your health. They can lower your risk of illness and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Plus, with your Wellmark health insurance, many preventive services are covered and may be covered in full. Just be sure to see an in-network provider and check your benefits before receiving services.
But, what preventive exams do you need and when?
Keep your body and mind in tip-top shape with these preventive reminders.
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20s and 30s
- Visit your personal doctor or gynecologist every year to review your overall health, lifestyle and plans for the future, like whether or not you plan to have children soon.
- Ask if any tests (like blood work or a cervical cancer screening/pap smear) or immunizations are needed.
- Review your mental health and family history.
- In addition to a monthly breast self-exam and annual clinic breast exam, talk to your physician about making screening mammograms part of your health care routine.
- Consider necessary blood work, like a cholesterol panel, or any immunizations you might need.
- Discuss any changes you've noticed with your body — for example, your bladder control and digestion.
50s and 60s
- Talk to your personal doctor about the need for a colorectal cancer screening (colonoscopy), and how often you should be screened, or if immunizations are needed for illnesses like shingles, flu or pneumonia.
- Consider an osteoporosis screening to check out your bone density.
- Check your hearing and vision to spot any potential issues.
Advice for all ages
- Eat a well-balanced diet, get regular physical activity and sleep at least 7 to 8 hours per night.
- Don’t smoke.
- Protect and monitor your skin. If you notice any significant changes, talk to your doctor.
It’s always better to take care of a health condition early, before it becomes more serious. That’s why your preventive care visits are so important.
For more information about what preventive services are covered, check out Wellmark's ACA Preventive Services list.
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Use this as a cheat-sheet when you're considering your need for preventive care.
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