Hey, guys: 4 great reasons to have a checkup

Hey, guys: 4 great reasons to have a checkup

Take a stand for better health

Here’s a goal to tackle for Men’s Health Month! Use the month of June to take a hard look at your health care. See what you’re doing well — and where you could improve.

For many men, the first step toward better health starts with a doctor visit.

Why wellness exams matter so much

Choosing a primary care doctor — and seeing him or her for regular checkups — can help you stay healthy for the long haul. Wellness visits are a great way to:

  1. Make sure you’re up-to-date on preventive care, such as screenings and immunizations
  2. Find problems early, when they’re easier to treat
  3. Detect conditions that don’t have symptoms, such as high blood pressure
  4. Learn how to reduce the risk of future health problems

Many health plans cover preventive careOpens a new window at no extra cost to you when you see a provider in your network.*

Be seen, be screened

Talk with your doctor about what screenings you may need. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often you need certain screenings, based on factors like your age and health history. For example, your doctor may test you for:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Type 2 diabetes

Also ask your doctor about any vaccines you might need. You should have a flu shot each year, for instance, and a tetanus booster every 10 years.

What to do next

Take that first important step. If you haven’t seen your doctor recently, schedule a checkup. Choosing a doctor? This handy checklist can help you find a good match.

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*Check your benefit plan to see what services may be covered. Blood work and other lab tests may not be covered under the preventive care benefit.