Prevention: The Key to Better Health

Prevention: The Key to Better Health

 “Health does not just happen; it must be actively pursued!” There couldn’t be a more accurate statement. You can’t just sit back and do nothing and expect to be in great shape and to live a healthy life. To maintain good health, you must take preventative measures. Better Health is hard work as well as a team effort between you and your primary care provider. But when followed, there are so many benefits to preventative medicine.

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Why Prevention Matters

Prevention means reducing the chances of problems, or health diseases and conditions in this case, from arising in the first place, rather than waiting to treat them. It’s about helping people stay healthy, happy, and independent for as long as possible.

Prevention is just as important at seventy years old as it is at age seven. The goal is always to keep you healthy. This is achieved through regular and frequent check-ups, routine screenings, and chronic care management. Examples of preventative care include:

  • Wellness Visits
  • Immunizations & Vaccines
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Obesity Screening and Counseling
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Depression Screening

Here are some benefits of preventative medicine and why you should always take a proactive role in your health.

Increased Lifespan

The benefits of preventative medicine begin with extending your life. By preventing or detecting diseases early, you have a better chance of recovery. This equates to living a longer life.

We all want to live long and healthy lives. And to achieve this, we must make our health a priority. You can’t have an increased lifespan if you’re not healthy. Therefore, you must ensure you are scheduling important screening tests and routine check-ups. By being proactive, you will be better prepared for any challenges that may arise. In addition, this is one of the best ways to prevent serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Less Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Taking preventative measures for your health can save you money. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?! By taking a preventative approach to your health, you’re possibly saving yourself several unwanted and unnecessary medical costs. A review of international studies found that past investments in prevention have had a significant long-term social return on investment.

According to the CDC, chronic diseases that are avoidable through preventive care services account for 75 percent of the nation’s healthcare spending. If you can prevent chronic disease, thus eliminating chronic care management, you’re cutting out costly long-term care. In addition, if you can intervene early and detect an existing disease in its early stage, you’re also likely to eliminate the need for long-term treatment.

Another way you can save money with preventative care is through Medicare coverage. Medicare covers many preventative services, such as screenings, vaccines, and counseling. In addition, Medicare Advantage works toward eliminating hospital stays and visits that can add up to be extremely costly.

older man achieving better health through prevention

Better Quality of Life

The quality of life we are living has a significant impact not just on our physical well-being but also on our mental well-being. If you can live an active and healthy life, you’re more likely to be happy and motivated to achieve Better Health.

Preventative healthcare helps to improve our quality of life by keeping us healthy. If health problems are addressed early, you can control and manage them more effectively. Chronic diseases can drastically reduce your quality of life, so it’s imperative to catch them early when they’re easier to treat.

Be Proactive and Enjoy Better Health

Your health is your most important asset. Why wouldn’t you want to nourish that? There are so many benefits to preventative healthcare. Less chronic conditions, money saved, a better quality of life… These are only the ones we discussed, but the list goes on and on.

Pay attention to your body and take care of it. We’re only given one life, so we might as well do all that we can so that it is a great one and one we enjoy. Better Health can be achieved with prevention. And through Better Health, a happier you can emerge. Preventative care is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and your family.

Schedule an appointment with a VIPcare provider and let them join you on your healthcare journey. Together, you can create a plan that will help you achieve the benefits of preventative medicine.

Your health is serious. Take a proactive role today!

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