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It's Not Too Late - You can Feel Better
It's Not Too Late - You Can Feel better

Did you know that by improving your health habits you can prevent and even reverse some chronic conditions? It is never too late to make positive changes and feel better.

Quit Smoking
Even if you have smoked for decades, your health can still benefit from stopping right now. If you need help, speak to your doctor about how you can stop smoking.

Exercise
Walking, swimming, bicycling, dancing and gardening are just a few ways you can start to feel better from the benefits of exercise. Find a sport or hobby you like to do and work towards doing it every day.

Healthy Weight
Take this quick test to find out if you need to lose weight. Measure your waist size and if it measures 40 inches or more, it is time to decrease portions, make lower calorie choices and increase exercise. Be sure to check with your physician
before you start any weight loss program.

Blood Pressure
Check your blood pressure at least annually—more often if you are taking medication to control it. If your blood pressure is more than 140/90, it’s too high.

Cholesterol
LDL is the bad cholesterol and HDL is the good type. You, or at least your doctor,
should know your LDL levels. Cholesterol levels can be managed by diet, exercise
and medication.

Mammogram
Women need to have this screening annually at least until age 69.

Colon Health
A colonoscopy with “normal” results is considered good for ten years. An annual stool test is an alternative to a colon oscopy. Discuss these options with your doctor.

Immunizations
An easy way to keep yourself healthy is by obtaining needed immunizations. They can help to prevent serious illness.
  • Make sure to get a new flu shot every year because vaccines are custom-made to fight the flu. You should also get the “once in a lifetime” pneumonia shot.
  • Get a tetanus shot every 10 years to keep lockjaw at bay.
  • And if you are over 50, you may want to get immunized with the Zoster vaccine to avoid getting “shingles.”

Vision
See an eye professional annually. Severe vision loss or blindness can often be prevented when diagnosed early.

Hearing
Your quality of life is greatly affected by loss of hearing. Get tested, especially if you or your loved ones notice any changes in your hearing. Now there are many varieties of hearing aid styles available and some models are virtually unnoticeable.

Bladder
More than half of the older adult population have bladder control issues. Discuss options for managing these issues with your physician.

Preventing Falls
Stay healthy and active by being vigilant about keeping your home a safe place. Keep floors clear, add bathroom grab bars, and make sure walkways and rooms are well lit at night.

Bone Density
Surprisingly, having thin, fragile bones from osteoporosis won’t hurt, but the bones can break more easily. Get your bone density checked. If you get a fracture—get checked again for osteoporosis. Often women become aware they have osteoporosis when a bone is broken. Do not wait to manage this disease, medicine is available to slow down and even reverse the effects of osteoporosis.

Managing Diabetes
Your annual blood tests usually includes a test for diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with the disease, there are things you can do to lessen the effects of
diabetes and stay healthy.

  • Annually check your vision and the inside of your eyes.
  • Keep your kidneys healthy by annually checking yoururine microalbumin.
  • Check your feet daily for signs of skin breakdown or infection
  • Regularly check your sugar level and A1C level.

For more information abouthealth screenings that can both help to keep you healthy and feel better, please call member services at 800-251-8191 or TTY/TDD 800-505-7150 between the hours of 7:30 am to 8 pm, seven days a week.

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