Follow Your Heart to Better Health

October 12, 2018

Heart disease is a serious condition that affects both men and women of all ethnicities and can cause heart attacks and stroke. The good news is, there are some things you can do to protect your heart!

  • Make heart-healthy choices every day. Choose healthy foods that support a balanced diet and exercise as often as possible. 
  • Learn your family’s health history. This allows doctors to make better assessments and recommendations about your health.
  •  Schedule regular checkups with your primary care provider. Your doctor can help identify any health issues, as well as help you identify things you can do to stay healthy.


Call us at (888) 499-9303 so we can help you be happy and healthy for many years to come! 

 

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Health Screenings After 50

October 11, 2018

Even if you’ve lived a healthy life, as you enter your 50s, your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as arthritis, heart conditions, cancer, diabetes, and even depression increases. These diseases can take years off your life, as well as affect the quality of your life.

Getting regular screenings can help you:

  • Lower your risk of chronic disease or illness
  • Save money on your medical costs, since chronic diseases require additional medical care
  • Delay or prevent illness or disease by catching them early and treating them

Basically, there’s every reason for you to take charge of your health, especially since most preventive services and screenings are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare!
 

Know What Tests You Need


These are a few of the most common screenings you need starting at age 50:

  • Women should get a mammogram every 2 years
  • Colorectal cancer screenings every year
  • Regular diabetes screenings
  • Lipid disorder screenings to monitor blood cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis screenings should start at age 60 to screen for healthy bones

The best way to stay healthy and keep up on your screenings is to get regular health checkups. Depending on your gender and your family health history, your doctor may recommend additional screenings for you.

Call us for more information about the health screenings you need at (888) 499-9303

 

Stay Ahead of Your Behind

June 27, 2018

When people check their health, they often do not think of their behind. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. The good news is that there are things you can do to significantly lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer. Studies suggest that having a healthy diet and exercise routine, drinking less alcohol, and avoiding tobacco can help lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer.

Although a healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer, it is still important to get screened regularly. Getting screened can prevent colorectal cancer or find early forms of cancer that can be treated.  It is important to get screened on a regular basis starting at age 50. 

Although signs may not be present in the early stages, keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea 
  • Constipation
  • Feeling as if your bowel does not empty completely
  • Blood in your stool
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Frequent gas pains or cramps, feeling full, or bloated
  • Weight loss for an unknown reason
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you regularly experience these symptoms and would like to get a screening for colorectal cancer, contact AltaMed to request a FIT kit.* A FIT kit allows you to complete your screening in the comfort of your home. 

Put your health first and call us at (888) 499-9303 to speak with us today!  

 

*Must be at least 50 years old.