Not matter what age you are or how healthy you look, a yearly physical is important. It’s not all about how healthy you are now, but more as a reference point to track your health. If you’re in great shape and suddenly have a big weight gain, the weight will show up when you have a physical. While it could be something as simple as overeating or not exercising, it also could mean a problem. The same is true of an unplanned weight loss.
A physical helps you to get better acquainted with your health care provider.
If you’ve ever gone without a regular health care provider and suddenly had an issue, it’s a scramble to find someone who will give you an appointment. It’s even worse if you simply have a concern, but nothing that’s urgent. When you see a health care professional when you’re not ill, they have a better idea of the differences in your physical appearance and a list of things like allergies, weight, chronic conditions and general physical health.
Sometimes, an annual checkup is all about prevention, rather than illness.
For kids, vaccination and disease prevention are top priority, for adults, screening vital functions are top priority. Whether it’s checking cholesterol, blood pressure or various cancer tests, all these types of preventatives can catch a problem before it becomes a serious issue. If blood pressure or sugar levels are higher, changing diet and getting more exercise may be all that’s necessary and can prevent serious harm high blood glucose levels and high blood pressure cause.
Getting an annual physical will help you develop a relationship with your doctor.
You should feel comfortable with your doctor before you have a serious issue. You can’t do that if you wait until you have a serious condition and then have to find a doctor that’s taking new patients. Annual physicals are not only good for the doctor to learn more about you. It’s also good for you to learn more about the doctor and whether he or she believes in the same type of approach if a serious condition occurs. If not, you have time to find a new health care professional you trust.
- For children, regular screening is even more important than for adults. It helps identify developmental problems, both physical and mental and can be the first place a visual problem is identified.
- Screening for cancer is all part of annual physicals. Breast, cervical, prostate and colon cancer screening are often part of an annual physical and can be more easily treated the earlier they’re found.
- Ensuring your family history and your personal health history are on file and up-to-date is also important. Both provide information for the doctor if you suddenly became ill and couldn’t do it yourself.
- Whether you’re taking over the counter drugs or prescription drugs, reviewing their use with the doctor can help identify any side effects and help find the best way to deal with your medical condition.
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