The New Year is almost here, and with it comes an opportunity to live a healthier life. While that means many people will dream up dozens of resolutions to forget in the coming months, this New Year we have a different idea: Take advantage of your health coverage in 2017. If you already have insurance, you can get started with our New Year’s check list now. If not, make sure you enroll for coverage by December 30, 2016, so you can qualify for coverage as soon as January 15, 2017. Either way, here are five things to keep in mind to start off 2017 with a bang.
- Start a dialogue with your doctor and schedule a physical
Having a conversation with your doctor can reveal a lot of things about your health. Not only will your doctor understand your current health circumstance more than most, he or she can recommend specific changes and treatments to keep you healthy throughout the year. If you’re not sure what sort of questions to ask your doctor, check out one of our older posts.
- Get your eyes checked
You can buy the latest and greatest television, but no amount of high definition will help you see better. So take a second in 2017 to have your eyes checked and make sure you’re seeing the world the way it was meant to be seen.
- Consider a mammogram for yourself or someone you love
John Hopkins Medical center has said that “forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump. Establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.” While a lump doesn’t always mean cancer, it can be an early warning sign.
On top of these self-exams, women should schedule clinical exams with a gynecologist. These exams should include a mammogram. Remember, early detection is key, so make sure you do everything you can to protect yourself and your family.
- Schedule a colonoscopy
While the word “colonoscopy” alone is enough to send many people running, the health benefits are undeniable. Not only can a colonoscopy detect cancer, it can improve digestive health and diagnose countless other harmful diseases. For a healthy year, it’s time to take a serious look at a colonoscopy.
- Have your teeth cleaned
For proper oral hygiene, you should schedule a teeth cleaning every six months. Not only will this help keep your smile shining white, but it will also ensure that you avoid unnecessary mouth complications and tooth pain.
In the end, a healthy year is comprised of more than just lofty resolutions. So, set some appointments with your health care provider today. And if you don’t yet have coverage, it’s not too late. The enrollment period for health care closes on January 31, 2017.