Taking your health for granted is easy to do when you’re feeling great. But seeing your doctor only when you feel terrible misses the point of preventive health care. It’s better to identify and manage potential health issues before you experience recognizable symptoms – and before they become life threatening. TRICARE covers many preventive health services at no cost, giving you every reason to visit your doctor regularly.
Seek Preventive Services
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death or both men and women in the U.S.? Because risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure and/or high LDL cholesterol, a person may not be aware that she has these conditions. But conditions like this can be discovered with cholesterol and blood pressure screenings during a doctor’s visit. Taking command of your health means being proactive. Cancer screenings, well-woman exams, immunizations and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HP&DP) examscan help identify potential health issues. Catching a condition, disease or illness in the earliest stages gives you the best chance of managing or treating it. Talk to your doctor about your family history and risk factors to decide which preventative screenings are appropriate for you.
It’s Never Too Early to Start
Preventive health applies to children as well as adults. TRICARE covers well-child care exams for children from birth to age 6. During these visits, the doctor will make sure that your child is on track with developmental milestones, weight, immunizations and overall health.
Make Healthy Choices
Another way you can be proactive with your health is by making smart choices every day. Good nutrition, plenty of exercise and not smoking helps lower your risk for many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, some cancers and diabetes. Regular physical activity also improves mental health and strengthens bones and muscles.