Imagine a future where science has discovered a treatment for every disease that exists today. In this blissful dream world, would you be able to fly around in your jetpack and be totally worry-free about your health?Not so fast, rocket man.
In today’s world and the future one, a disease can only be treated if you know that you have it. No matter how many “miracle pills” the pharmaceutical companies develop, the old adage will always remain true – prevention is the best medicine.
Back to Reality
Chances are that someone you know has been affected by a serious disease or chronic condition. Many of the most common health issues are preventable or more easily treatable if you take these steps2:
- Exercise: Regular physical activity for 30 minutes, at least twice per week
- Eat Well: Eat a balanced variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, and protein
- Quit Smoking: Give up smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
- Get Preventative Services: Schedule screening tests and regular vaccinations
Schedule regular visits with your primary care doctor to discuss which preventative services are right for you. Your eligibility and cost-sharing may vary, but these services are often covered by Medicare:
- Diabetes screenings
- Cardiovascular screenings
- Colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer screenings
- Flu, Hepatitis B, and Pneumococcal shots
- Bone mass measurements
- Medical nutrition therapy
- Smoking cessation counseling
For more information, please read the free guide provided by Medicare – Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventative Services. If you would like a free copy of this booklet, you can order one by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).*
Look to the Future
Taking a proactive approach to your own health will ensure that you have the best chance to live a long and happy life. If you stay up to date with your preventative services, then who knows? The future of your dreams could become your reality.
1Source: Friend to Friend Volume 23, Number 1 – A Publication for the Insureds of the Bankers Life and Casualty Company
2Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (https://www.medicare.gov/)
*Bankers Life and its affiliated companies and their licensed agents are not connected with or endorsed by the US Government or the Federal Medicare Program.