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How important is your annual physical?

Many of you may wonder why you need to get this checkup every year, especially if you feel healthy most of the time. But the benefits of these visits go beyond just fixing problems that are already present. Here are some important reasons why getting a physical once a year is so important to your general health.

Catch problems early

First, the yearly physical makes it possible to find and stop possible health problems early on. Checking your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels on a regular basis can help find risk factors for diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.  If these issues are caught in time, treatment and changes in lifestyle may greatly reduce the likelihood of acquiring major diseases.

Get the big picture

Second, doctors are able to get a comprehensive picture of their patients’ health by conducting yearly checkups. Weight, body mass index (BMI), and overall fitness may all be determined via thorough physical exams. This data is used to provide specific suggestions about how to improve one’s health through things like exercise, food, and other lifestyle choices.

The exam is a two way street

Maintaining a healthy doctor-patient connection via frequent checkups is crucial for successful medical treatment. We may talk about all sorts of things, not just your health, when you come in for your yearly checkup. Because of this connection, you and your doctor may discuss your health concerns in more depth.

What are your healthcare trends?

Your yearly physical is also a good way to measure how your health has changed over time. By comparing this year’s results to those from earlier years, we can find good changes and quickly fix any bad ones. This gives you an opportunity to talk about and update vaccines. Immunizations are important to keep dangerous diseases from spreading and to protect the health of both individuals and the community as a whole. 

Remember that your health is a process that never ends. Taking the time to get a physical every year is an investment in your future health. Even if you feel fine right now, these visits are very important to keep your health in good shape and avoid problems in the future. Don’t wait. Make an appointment for your yearly physical today and take a step toward a better, happier life.