Tips and Recommendations for Your Well-Being
Learn about common health topics, including how to manage certain conditions, and how regular screenings can lead to early detection and treatment of disease.
Regular preventive care is important for your health and well-being. Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) list of things to do to prepare for an annual preventive care visit.
Blood Pressure ManagementIf you are living with high blood pressure (also called hypertension), the best thing you can do for yourself is to try to lower it. You can do this by making changes to your diet, getting more exercise, and losing weight if you need to. A heart-healthy lifestyle is always important, even if you take blood pressure medicines too.
Learn about ways you can keep your heart healthy, with MVP’s virtual education series, The Heart of the Matter.
Checking Your Blood Pressure at Home
A home blood pressure monitor makes it easy to keep track of your blood pressure. When taking your blood pressure at home, be sure to write down the date and your results so that you can share your numbers with your doctor. Use our Blood Pressure Tracking Sheet (PDF) to record your results.
Colorectal CancerColorectal cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. Because early-stage cancers usually do not cause symptoms, you could have polyps or even colorectal cancer and not know it. That’s why having a screening test is so important. Before they have a chance to become cancerous, polyps can be found with a screening test and removed early, when treatment works best.
Regular screening beginning at age 50 is recommended for everyone to help prevent colon cancer. There are several different types of colorectal cancer screenings. Talk to your doctor about which type and frequency are right for you.
Review colorectal cancer screening options (PDF).
Learn more about colorectal cancer (PDF).
DiabetesMVP’s Diabetes Education Webinar Series
Our Diabetes Education Webinar series offers guidance on diabetes, from diagnosis and management to avoiding health complications. Watch the series.
Tests and ExamsThere are certain tests and exams that people living with diabetes should have at least yearly. Talk to your doctor about your results so you can understand what they mean to you.
Retinal Eye Exam
You should have a yearly retinal exam by an eye doctor because, over time, diabetes can affect your eyes. You should have this exam yearly even if your medical doctor has examined your eyes and even if your vision seems fine.
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)
You should have this test every three to 12 months. It shows your average blood sugar level over the previous two to three months. The higher the levels, the greater your risk of developing complications, including:
- Circulation problems
- Kidney damage
- Nerve damage
A result of less than 7% can reduce your risk of these complications. Your doctor will tell you how often you need the test based on your treatment goals.
This test checks for early signs of kidney problems from diabetes that can be treated to help prevent future problems.
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Level
Sometimes called “bad” cholesterol, LDL contributes to the formation of plaque in the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack. Most people with diabetes need to be on cholesterol lowering medication to help reduce LDL cholesterol.
Complete Foot Exam
People living with diabetes are prone to poor circulation, nerve damage, foot ulcers, and infections, which can lead to serious foot problems. Therefore, you should have a complete medical foot examination each year.
For extra support with managing diabetes, learn more about our Diabetes Care Program through our case managers.
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Measurement Tracking Sheets
It is important for people living with CHF to monitor the health of their heart and for people living with diabetes and CHF to track their weight. Use the sheets below to track measurements taken at home with a pulse oximeter, blood pressure, and weight scale.
Flu (Influenza)Many doctors say that having the flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the same time could be very dangerous, even for healthy adults. That’s why getting your flu shot is more important than ever.
Learn more about flu shots, including benefits, common myths, and convenient ways to get yours this year.
Finding a lump in your breast early increases your chances of a successful outcome. A mammogram can help find a lump in your breast up to two years before you or your doctor notice it. That’s why a routine mammogram is recommended every one-to-two years for women age 50 to 74.
Learn more about early detection and diagnosis from the American Cancer Society.
When cancer forms in the cervix, it is often slow-growing and does not show symptoms. However, with routine screenings, it can be found early, when it is most treatable. A Pap test is the type of screening used to find cervical cancer and is recommended for women starting at age 21. Talk to your doctor to see if you are due for a Pap test.
Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), so vaccination is recommended for everyone up to age 26. Catch-up vaccination to age 45 is available for people at risk.
What You Need to Know about Cervical Cancer (PDF)
Testing Your HPV Knowledge (PDF)
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
From the early days of pregnancy to breastfeeding and beyond, learn tips for a healthy pregnancy and baby, as well as MVP programs that can support you along the way.
The first step that men should take in maintaining their health is scheduling an annual check-up with their primary care physician (PCP). By visiting the doctor when healthy and symptom free, you can work with your doctor to maintain their health or identify any problems early, when they are easier to treat.
You should discuss the following with your doctor:
- Lifestyle (diet, exercise, tobacco use, stress)
- Family history
- Colorectal cancer screening for men age 50-plus (PDF)
- If a prostate cancer screening is needed
- Mental health or substance use disorder concerns
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