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Research led by NIH has shown that working to control blood glucose, or blood sugar, can have a lifelong effect on health, dramatically lowering the risk of many complications of diabetes.

NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases remains at the forefront of pivotal research to prevent, treat and, one day, cure all types of diabetes, for everyone.

Make sure to take the time to talk to your health care provider about prostate cancer screening.   The potential benefits of PSA testing as a routine screening test have not been shown to outweigh the harms of testing and treatment.  Prostate examinations are no longer routinely done on men with no symptoms.

If you have risk factors for osteoporosis, you should check with your provider about screening. Risk factors can include long-term steroid use, low body weight, smoking, heavy alcohol use, a fracture after age 50, or a family history of osteoporosis. For men age 70 and over should consider getting bone mineral density testing.

The Best Dental Insurance Plans – How Much Can You Afford to Spend

This brief article will help you in selecting the best dental insurance and the discusses the analysis of dental care needs in order to find the best dental insurance for you.  You need to ask yourself several questions about your potential dental care – How much can you afford to spend on dental care?  What is the best dental insurance plan for me? What is the best dental insurance plan for me?

The best dental insurance policies offered will depend upon a family and its members’ oral health needs.  If the best dental insurance available is not offered through an employer or group health policy, then discount coverage should be researched.  The best dental insurance will be dependent upon employment, local dentists participating in programs, and current needs.  It will be one that fits your family’s needs and budget.  Finding the best dental insurance plan that fits your needs is an important part of ensuring that your teeth get the care they need to stay healthy.  Compare plans, instantly get no-obligation dental coverage quotes and sort through the best dental insurance plans until you find the perfect coverage when you visit 

* If you are age 65 or older, get a pneumococcal vaccine if you have never had one, or if it has been more than 5 years since you had the vaccine.

* You should get a flu shot each year.

* Get a tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years.

* You may get a shingles or herpes zoster vaccine after age 60.

Have your hearing tested if you have symptoms of hearing loss.  A hearing test provides an evaluation of the sensitivity of a person’s sense of hearing and is most often performed by an audiologist using an audiometer. An audiometer is used to determine a person’s hearing sensitivity at different frequencies.

You should have an eye exam every one to two years. Vision insurance will help to make your frames, lenses, and contacts (as well as some extra saving for sunglasses) more affordable. For a free vision insurance quote visit our website.

Dental Check Up and Cleaning

You should go to the dentist once or twice every year for an exam and cleaning. Your dentist will evaluate if you have a need for more frequent visits.  At you can buy a dental insurance plan that can best fit your dental care needs and help make cost more affordable.

Diabetes Screening

If you are age 65 or older and in good health, you should be screened for diabetes every three years. However, if you are overweight and have other risk factors for diabetes, ask your doctor if you should be screened more often.

Colon Cancer Screening

Until age 75, you should have one of the following screening tests:

* A fecal occult blood test done every year
* Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, along with a fecal occult blood test
* Colonoscopy every 10 years

You may need a colonoscopy more often if you have risk factors for colon cancer, such as:

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults until age 80 who has a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoking or have quit smoking within the past 15 years

 Cholesterol Screening and Heart Disease Prevention. 

Your cholesterol should be checked at least every five years if levels are normal. If you have high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to be checked more often.

Indemnity Dental Insurance

This is the plan where you choose your own dentist. The dental insurance plan pays the dental office (dentist) on a traditional fee-for-service basis. A monthly premium is paid by the client and/or the employer to an insurance company, which then reimburses the dental office (dentist) for the services rendered.

An insurance company usually pays between 50% – 80% of the dental office (dentist) fees for a covered procedures; the remaining 20% – 50% is paid by the client. These plans often have a pre-determined or set deductible amount which varies from plan to plan. Indemnity plans also can limit the amount of services covered within a given year and pay the dentist based on a variety of fee schedules.

Blood Pressure Screening

* Have your blood pressure checked every 2 years. If the top number (systolic number) is between 120 and 139 or the bottom number (diastolic number) is between 80 and 89 mm Hg or higher, have it checked every year.

* Watch for blood pressure screenings in your area. Ask your provider if you can stop in to have your blood pressure checked. Or check your blood pressure using the automated machines at local grocery stores and pharmacies.

* If the top number is greater than 140, or the bottom number is greater than 90, schedule an appointment with your provider.

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If you are between ages 65 and 75 and have smoked, you should have an ultrasound to screen for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Men should discuss this screening with their care provider.

It is important that even if you feel fine, you should still see your health care provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions.

You should visit your health care provider regularly, even if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

* Screen for medical issues
* Assess your risk of future medical problems
* Encourage a healthy lifestyle
* Update vaccinations
* Help you get to know your provider in case of an illness

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