Preventive Health Screenings And 4 Reasons To Get Them


Joelle Reizes

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. While you can eat healthy and stay active, there are many additional ways to live your best life—the easiest of which is to utilize health screening services. As you grow older, you'll need to complete some screenings more frequently than others. Taking the appropriate screenings and becoming aware of your risk for chronic illnesses before you have any symptoms may help add years to your life. Detecting health problems early is essential to living a long, fruitful life, and it all starts with taking preventive steps, such as self-exams and medical screenings.

At Life Line Screening, prevention and wellness are important to us, which is why we work to keep you informed. Don't let your health slow you down from vacations, family parties, or all the other exciting things happening in your everyday life—here are the top reasons why you should get preventive health screenings regularly.

Staying informed keeps you healthier

Preventive health screenings aren't just for younger adults; protecting yourself now can reduce the risk of serious complications from diseases (or prevent them entirely) later.

Before and after you approach the age of 50, you'll need additional screenings, including screenings for diabetes, colon cancer, and osteoporosis, as well as prostate screenings for men and mammograms for women.

You'll also need to increase the frequency of hearing and eye exams. Over time, your senses won't perform as well as they used to, so it's important to check them annually. Screenings are great supplements to the care you're already receiving from your trusted health care professional. Once you receive a screening you should always share screening results with your doctor.

While you look and feel healthy is the best time to get screened. Don't wait until you have symptoms. Know more about your health, so you can take preventive measures against potential illnesses and diseases as soon as possible. You want more birthdays and even more chances to live a vibrant life.

It's an extension of your health care provider's care

We know that you regularly meet with your health care provider. Making an appointment to receive the five key screenings we offer provides a solid framework for your future. Plus, it's easy, quick, and affordable.

Doctors will look at your risk factors, but screenings find risk that isn't always evident. Chronic disease can develop without symptoms, so avoid this progression and feel good about finding your risks early with Life Line Screening preventive health screenings.

Screenings go beyond annual check-ups. Our preventive health screenings look for risks for the following conditions:

  • Carotid artery (plaque blockage)
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Heart Rhythm (Atrial Fibrillation)

A Preventive Health Advisor at Life Line Screening can walk you through a series of questions on the phone to find out which screenings are right for you. Call today.

Staying informed keeps you healthier

It helps you make beneficial lifestyle changes

Sometimes, a single event can immediately promote a life change. If your doctor points out any possible warnings, this is your sign to change any unhealthy habits, such as smoking or excessive drinking. To combat unhealthy habits and change your lifestyle, your health care provider might encourage exercising more often throughout the course of the week. This is a great opportunity to take up low-impact sports or activities, such as swimming, yoga, hiking, or walking. Your doctor may even recommend more sleep. Regardless of your age, rest is one of the best ways to mentally and physically repair your body.

An event that is certain to change your perspective, however, is a preventive health screening. It points out the unexpected in about an hour's time, and this quick visit should jumpstart your journey to decreasing your risks of chronic disease.

Your younger years aren't necessarily your "golden years." Simple changes can help you feel your best, even better than you did 10 years ago!

It holds you accountable

Once you start seeing your doctor, you'll always have a reason to go back. They understand you want to live your life to the fullest, which is why they'll hold you accountable to bettering your own life through prescribed or at-home treatments. The same applies to preventative health screenings.

Screenings show what your body isn't telling you, so the great thing about health screenings is that even if your screening results come back normal, your doctor will continue to make sure you return for future tests. Some health conditions are only present at the time of screening, so additional screenings can help. Medical professionals have your best interest in mind, and regular screenings detect potential issues before it's too late.

Ask your doctor about screenings that are right for you, given your age and risk factors. As you grow older, sometimes the line between which screenings you should and shouldn't receive becomes blurred. By erring on the side of caution, and consulting with your doctor, you're taking active steps towards better health.

Can't seem to find inspiration as you try to make healthier choices? Have a family member or friend join you in your goals. It's never too late to make strides toward a healthier future.

It holds you accountable

When you receive health screening services, you're in charge of your health, and consequently, your life. Detecting warning signs early and doing something about them helps you make better choices and live independently for as long as possible.

Today, there are a wide variety of types of screenings, and over eight million Americans have chosen Life Line Screening for their preventive health services. Even if you feel healthy it's best that you book a screening as soon as possible. You should always take your health seriously, and it's best to take control of your health now.

For more information regarding health screening recommendations, contact a Life Line Screening Preventive Health Advisor. At Lifeline Screening, we make preventing disease our priority. We can help you schedule health screening services in your area, take a free health risk assessment, and more.

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