Prevention: take care of yourself

preventive care

You know the saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Getting the care you need today may help you avoid health problems tomorrow (or at least get them treated sooner).

The first step is: see your primary care provider (PCP) at least once a year for an annual physical. He or she can tell you what screening tests you need.

Have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, or cancer? Your PCP will want to know that. He or she may have advice on how to lower your risk of developing chronic conditions. Unfortunately, risk goes up with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 71% of Connecticut residents ages 65 and older have two or more chronic conditions.

Are you up to date on your preventive care?

Preventive care includes exams, tests and shots to help you avoid disease or illness. Ask your doctor if you’re due for a:

  • Colon cancer screening
  • Flu, pneumonia, and shingles shots
  • Cholesterol screening (high levels can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke)
  • Diabetes screening

For women

  • Bone mineral density test (it can detect osteoporosis)
  • Breast cancer screening

Your ConnectiCare membership agreement has a detailed list of covered preventive services. It includes age and gender requirements, and frequency limitation rules.

 

ConnectiCare, Inc. is an HMO/HMO-POS plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in ConnectiCare depends on contract renewal.