Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Take Charge of Your Health with Check-ups

On this blog I usually discuss health, wellness and disease prevention as a direct result of the foods you choose to eat. However, this week let's review the need to monitor your wellness to determine where you are on the health continuum.

There has never been another time in history when it's more important for YOU to take responsibility for YOUR health and wellness. If you don't, who will? Regular health checkups can help identify disease risks early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting checkups and disease / preventive screenings you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.

You may not know this ....
Chronic illness is expensive and no one is immune to it. 80% of chronic illnesses are preventable with  healthy lifestyle interventions. According to the CDC annually you could be spending:

    $2,400 sick care doctor visits
    $2,640 prescriptions / OTC medications
    $2,860 untreated high blood pressure
    $13,700 per year diabetes
    $228,030 stroke first year plus 25% for rehab
    $500,000+ cancer

What? Oh, you say you have insurance? Well, depending on your insurance plan you still will be paying out of pocket 20 - 40% depending on your plan. That can be a serious chunk of change!

YES, it's important to know where you are on the sick - wellness continuum. Even if you are symptom free, it does not necessarily mean you are chronic disease free. Not having symptoms could mean you are just not sick enough ...yet.

YES, medical doctor visits are expensive and time consuming and are not your only option for getting checked - up. Many churches, business associations, worksite and community organizations offer health screening check-ups.Some exams you can even "order" yourself, without your doctor such as colonoscopy and mammogram, there are even walk-in clinics who provide blood testing and the results go directly to you.

NO, some medical check-ups are controversial and in some situations can be considered harmful such as cancer screening, genetic testing ... read more click here

Don't forget check to see how your insurance company covers preventive care vs diagnostic care. If you do have insurance from the Marketplace (Obama Care) click here to learn about your coverage.

Do begin your prevention program right away by modifying your lifestyle behaviors to healthier ones then monitoring how you are doing with check-ups. 

Your partner in health,

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant

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