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Tips to protect physical health

July 07, 2019

Also, don't forget the importance of mental health. Take steps to limit stress, which can have a negative effect on both physical and mental well-being. Retirees should be sure to socialize regularly and continue to challenge their brains by taking up new hobbies, learning new skills, or playing games that are mentally stimulating. At your next visit to your primary care physician, ask what steps you can take to maintain good mental health both now and in the future. Your primary care physician can also give you a mental health screening or refer you to a behavioral health specialist if you have any concerns about your mental health.

3) Know your numbers.

Do you know your numbers when it comes to your cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI (Body Mass Index)? It's important to stay within what is considered the healthy range for several indicators of good health. Be aware of your cholesterol level, blood sugar level (an indicator of diabetes), blood pressure, and BMI (a measure of your weight in relation to your height). Work with your doctor to get your numbers in a healthy range. Simple tests can quickly reveal where you stand on all of these measures.

For optimal health, your readings should be within the ranges noted below:

Total cholesterol should be 200 mg/dL or lower Fasting blood sugar should be less than 100 mg/dL; higher levels may indicate diabetes Target blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg or less Aim for a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9

4) Take advantage of preventive care and early detection.

It's safer, and will save you money in the long run, to prevent health problems before they become serious. Medicare offers complete or partial coverage for a variety of preventive care benefits, such as diabetes and heart disease screenings, mammograms, and vaccinations for the flu and pneumonia. Individual plans may also cover annual physicals. Be sure to find out what free or low-cost care is available to you, and take advantage of it!

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