It is Time to Schedule Your Preventative Screenings
August is the start of our annual Prevention Series! Part One is all about preventative health screenings and their benefits. As fall gets closer and with the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to schedule your preventive screenings. If you aren’t exactly sure what preventative screenings are or if you don’t know which ones you need, don’t worry! We will cover all that below.
What are Preventative Screenings?
Preventive health screenings are tests and screenings that look for diseases before symptoms are present. Preventive screenings are not only cost effective for all those involved, but they also help increase the life expectancy of patients who participate in them. This is because many health conditions have little to no warning signs. Preventive health screenings provide insight about early disease risk so patients can take proactive steps to prevent chronic illnesses and diseases. An example of this would be strokes. They are often referred to as a “silent killer,” however, carotid artery screenings can help identify a person’s risk of suffering a stroke and help them prevent one.
What Screenings Do You Need?
Which preventative screenings you need are determined by a wide range of things such as your age, gender, ethnicity and the results of your health risk assessment with your doctor. If your organization has a wellness program, make sure to look into their offerings. Many wellness programs have on-site events for biometric screenings, or offer to cover them at a different provider. Biometric screenings are short health examinations that can help determine the risk level of a person for certain diseases and medical conditions, and help determine which preventive screenings may be needed. Some of the most common preventive screenings include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Breast cancer and cervical cancer in women
- Prostate cancer in men
- Colorectal cancer
- Testosterone deficiency
- Carotid artery disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- Lung cancer
It is important to talk to your doctor about which preventive screenings are right for you. In addition, Health Designs offers biometric and preventative screenings that help guide individual health and well-being. From BMI to bone density, our wide variety of screenings are available onsite at work, offsite at your home, at your doctor’s office, or by utilizing a lab voucher program. The information provided by each screening gives participants a launchpad for meaningful behavior change. To learn more about our services, click here!