Start by going to your primary healthcare provider's office. Discuss your family medical history as well as your personal medical history. Let your provider know about any symptoms you are having or any concerns you have about your health. Have a basic medical exam to check your health.
If you don’t have a primary healthcare provider, it’s a good idea to start developing a good relationship with a healthcare provider recommended to you by a friend or another healthcare provider. You should feel comfortable asking and discussing questions with your healthcare provider. Then if you should develop a concern or medical problem, you’ll be able to get help from someone who already knows you.
Practice disease and injury prevention. Preventing disease can be much easier than having a disease. For example, you can do these things to help prevent injury and disease:
Schedule regular screening tests, according to your healthcare provider's recommendations, such as:
Try to keep a healthy weight. Follow your healthcare provider's advice about managing your weight.
Set goals that are realistic and achievable. Set up a time frame to reach these goals and track your progress. Find ways to reward yourself for good progress.
Take a confident, active role in staying well. Follow these guidelines to develop the confidence you need to take charge of your health. And learn what to do in times of illness, injury, or emergency--yours or someone else's.
If you have questions or concerns about how you are doing, review your goals with your healthcare provider.
Ask your primary healthcare provider. You can also seek other good, reliable health resources. Places where you can find information are: