Wednesday, March 13, 2019

My HealtheVet Update | March 13, 2019

Checking for Cancer | Stroke and Age | PTSD App | Diabetics' Meals | Track Allergies | Your X-rays Online | Prepare for Spring

Checking for Colon Cancer

Veteran asking doctor about colon cancer

Five Questions You Should Ask

Being diagnosed with colon cancer, as with any disease, is scary. When detected early, it's highly treatable and preventable with regular colonoscopies starting at age 50. Having open discussions with your health care team is important. Here are five questions to ask your doctor. Learn more.
Woman holding a cane

Luke Perry: Risk of Stroke at Any Age

Many people were surprised by actor Luke Perry's sudden death at age 52 due to stroke on March 4. While it's not yet clear what type of stroke he had, doctors say 80 percent of strokes are preventable with lifestyle changes. Learn about the types of stroke and how you can reduce your risk.
Family eating a healthy meal outside

Healthy Eating for Diabetics

If you have diabetes, eating healthy can help control your blood sugar. A diabetic-friendly diet means eating nutritious foods in small amounts and sticking to regular mealtimes. A diabetes diet is best for almost everyone. VA has simple ways to build a healthy eating plan. Learn more.
Veteran using mobile phone

PTSD Coach App: Help at Your Fingertips

Anyone can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as combat or a bad accident. Seeking professional treatment is the best thing you can do if you think you have PTSD. To know more about PTSD, available treatments, and ways to manage symptoms, VA offers the PTSD Coach mobile app. Learn more.
Veteran talking to a doctor about allergies

Track Your Seasonal Allergies Online

While many welcome spring's warmer weather, allergy sufferers know all too well that it can bring discomfort. If you're already dreading the return of sneezing, sniffles, and itchy, watery or dry eyes, take steps to keep your symptoms from ruining your spring. My HealtheVet can help you keep track of your allergies and adverse reactions. Learn more.
X-ray of skull

X-rays Online with My HealtheVet

Use the VA Medical Images and Reports feature to access your X-rays, MRIs, and more. Instead of traveling to a VA facility to pick up copies of images and reports in-person, access them from the comfort of home. Learn more.
Truck in flooded street

Springtime is Flood Time. Prepare Now

As we prepare for spring's unpredictable weather, many U.S. states are facing potential floods and tornadoes. It's advised you get all of your health care needs and records ready before you find yourself in an emergency when you have to evacuate. My HealtheVet's online tools can help Veterans stay safe this spring season. Learn more.

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