Better Health, Better You
One of the best ways to take an active role in managing your health and the health of your family is to see your doctor at least once a year and get your annual preventive healthcare screenings.
Why is prevention important?
Prevention is a vital part of staying healthy. Keeping up to date on your preventive care can help catch potential health problems before they become serious. Annual preventive visits are no-cost visits. Here is some important health information that you can discuss with your doctor.
Vaccines help prevent the spread of illness and reduce severity of illness if you do get sick. Children need routine childhood vaccines on a specific vaccine schedule; talk to your doctor to make sure your child’s vaccines are up to date. Adults also need vaccines to prevent illnesses like the flu and serious complications from COVID.
On August 31, 2022, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of the updated “bivalent” booster targeting the omicron BA.5 variant. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone eligible to stay up-to-date with the COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.
Have the right screening tests
Health screenings help you and your doctor detect, manage, and even prevent some health-related problems. Men and women should be seen once a year to look at thinks like blood pressure, blood sugar, and if you need other screening tests like a colonoscopy (test to detect colon cancer), Pap smear (to detect cervical cancer), or a mammogram (test to detect breast cancer).
The American Cancer Society recommends starting regular screening for colon cancer starting at the age of 45.
High blood pressure can lead to many serious health problems. It is important to have your blood pressure checked at least once a year. At your annual wellness visit, your doctor will check your blood pressure to determine if it is high or normal.
Blood Sugar Test
High blood sugar levels may be a sign of diabetes. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in adults aged 35 to 70 years who are overweight or obese.
People who have diabetes or high blood sugar can develop problems with vision, sensation (feeling things on your skin), and kidney problems. If you have diabetes, your doctor will recommend additional screening tests to check the health of your eyes, nerves (skin), and kidneys.
Your practitioner will explain your test results and help identify ways you can manage your health. Other screenings may be right for you based on your age and personal and family history. Talk to your doctor to see what is recommended for you.
There are simple nutritional tips to help stop and prevent diabetes, starting with making healthier choices and lifestyle changes. Sometimes, the right diet and lifestyle choices can even reverse type two diabetes.
VHP continuously works to improve your fitness, health, and wellness classes as a VHP Member. VHP offers nutrition classes and online and/or in-person fitness classes. To learn more, please register for VHP's free fitness classes or virtual classes.
If you have any questions about our free classes, please get in touch with VHP’s Health Education Department or call 408-885-3490.
Mental Health & Substance Use Screenings
Inform your doctor or primary care physician (PCP) if you have mental health and substance use concerns. Your doctor will screen for behavioral health issues just like they screen for medical issues. Your PCP can assess your needs and assist you in taking the initial steps toward treatment. Mental Health America also has free screening tools you may use in the privacy of your own home.
VHP has case managers who are here to support you in accessing care. Email VHP Case Management or call them at 408-885-2600. VHP offers a wide range of care management programs to our members. The programs consist of case management, care coordination, and preventive health education and are FREE for members who qualify based on their medical needs.
Did you know that VHP offers reliable 24/7 health care by phone or video to help you get better and stay well? VHP members can use MDLIVE to get care without leaving home. All VHP members can access certified providers, mental health, and substance use services for a wide range of urgent and non-emergency conditions.
Learn more about your MDLIVE benefit or call 1-888-467-4614 (toll free) to activate your account or schedule an appointment.