The Importance of Preventive Care

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Our daily responsibilities can often prevent us from getting annual check-ups, screenings and vaccinations. Preventive measures such as screenings and immunizations can help your Primary Care Provider prevent health issues, or identify them at an early stage for more successful treatment. On the other hand, avoiding a check-up or screening can lead to a treatable condition becoming a major health issue.
Having regular check-ups and screenings on a set schedule is one of the most important steps in managing your health. It’s important to have a Primary Care Provider who helps ensure that you receive healthcare based on your individual needs.

What to expect from your wellness visit

During your annual wellness visit, you and your doctor can discuss how to prevent disease and improve your overall health. You may receive recommended screenings and immunizations at this visit. If you have risk factors or a chronic illness, you may require additional tests.

Getting back to the basics

Annual wellness visits typically include blood pressure and cholesterol readings, heart rate, height and weight measurements and blood tests. Your doctor can determine which preventive services you may need depending on your age, family history and medical history.

Some conditions he or she may screen for include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Prostate cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Osteoporosis

Making lifestyle changes

Your physician can address your concerns and answer questions to help you lead a longer and healthier life. At each wellness visit, the two of you can target your specific needs and take appropriate steps. Your doctor can also help you identify lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, stress management and improved nutrition that can help you stay healthy.

Taking the next steps

MissionPoint Health Partners can work with you to improve your health and give you further support in collaboration with your doctor. If you have chronic care needs or could use additional resources, contact your MissionPoint Health Partner.

Want more information? Call MissionPoint Health Partners at 855-288-6747 or email us at members@missionpointhealth.org to learn how a Health Partner can work with you to improve your health.