A blood pressure reading measures the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Your blood travels through your body to supply oxygen and nutrients to your organs and tissue. But when our blood vessels harden, it can make it harder for your blood to move through them, resulting in high blood pressure. Checking your blood pressure regularly is one of the most import [...]

Colorectal cancer screening checks for polyps in your colon or rectum that may develop into cancer. Polyps are common in adults over 50 and most don’t turn into cancer. But some do, particularly a type of polyp called an adenoma. Colorectal cancer screening not only helps doctors catch cancer earlier when it is easier to treat but also helps prevent cancer. Don’t put off this important [...]

Getting your kidney function tested is a key part of keeping you healthy if you have diabetes. Diabetes can sometimes damage your kidneys and lead to kidney disease. A test for proteins in your urine (sometimes called a dipstick test) can help your doctors see if you have the disease. A sample of your urine is taken and measured for small amounts of a protein called albumin (the main protein in [...]

A bone mineral density test uses an X-ray or heel ultrasound to see how dense or thick your bones are. The test also checks to see if you are at risk for osteoporosis. When you have osteoporosis, your bones get weak and thin. It’s sometimes called a silent condition because you feel no symptoms. Without a bone mineral density test, you may not know you have osteoporosis until you break or fract [...]

What You Need to Know About Your Annual Wellness Visit What is it? Your Annual Wellness Visit should be the first visit you have with your doctor each year. This visit gives [...]

Getting a flu shot every year is the best way to protect yourself, your community and those you love from the flu. You won't get the flu from the flu shot. But it does spur your body to produce antibodies that will protect you from the illness. It takes about two weeks from the time you get your flu shot for it to work. That’s why it’s so important to get your flu shot early in the flu season. [...]

This year, the Florida Blue Centers are committed to providing classes to our communities that can help everyone live a more centered and fulfilling life. Tune in each month to find out what’s happening in your neighborhood! Conversation with Care- Summer Safety on Saturday, July 14th at 12 p.m. Join your Neighborhood Nurse to learn more about how to stay safe during [...]

A mammogram is a safe, low-dose X-ray of the breast tissue. It’s used to find small tumors that you or your doctor may not feel in a clinical or self-breast exam. Mammograms are the best way for doctors to detect early signs of breast cancer. Why You Need It [...]

A diabetic retinal eye exam is when a doctor looks at changes in the blood vessels of your retina. Your retina is the part of your eye that senses light and works with your brain to let you see. By getting a diabetic retinal eye exam, it allows doctors to detect early signs of vision loss linked to diabetes. Why You Need One If you have diabetes, you are at risk [...]

There’s a reason why Florida’s called the sunshine state, especially in the summer.  Even though the temps are soaring, you can still enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to take a dip in the pool or a walk in the park, here are some ideas we think you might enjoy for a little fun in the sun. However, if you’re looking to take a break from the outdoors and head inside we also [...]