The next time you’re in your primary care physician’s office, you may notice posters and buttons asking if you’re a Care Gap. So, what’s a Care Gap? Summa Health has identified six areas that are important to living a health and active life.
Can you answer “Yes” to the following questions?
- Is your A1C, an important diabetes measurement, less than 9? The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past three months. It’s the primary test used for diabetes management and diabetes research.
- If you are diabetic, has your microalbumin/creatinine ratio been tested in the past year? The microalbumin test is a urine test that measures the amount of albumin in your urine. Albumin is a protein that your body uses for cell growth and to help repair tissues. It’s normally present in the blood. A certain level of it in your urine may be a sign of kidney damage.
- Is your blood pressure controlled?
- Is your pneumonia vaccine up-to-date?
- If appropriate, have you had a colonoscopy?
- If appropriate, is your mammogram screening current?
If you answered “No” to any of the above questions, you might be a Care Gap. Talk to your doctor about these important measures to maintain your health. By staying on top of your scheduled screenings, you can truly own your health and make sure a small concern doesn’t turn into a larger health issue.
If you need a primary care physician, call 1.800.23.SUMMA.
Vivek Bhalla, MD