Benefits of a Regular Checkup

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October 18, 2016 | Aptus Associates

One of the best ways to find out about your overall health is to get an annual or even quarterly checkup. Having a regular checkup is important to maintain your health especially as you get older. It’s vital to keep up with what is going on inside your body. Having a physical is one way to ensure you are doing well and despite the fact you may be feeling fine you could possibly have something going on or signs that will indicate something is changing. The benefits of knowing what is going on inside your body

Having a physical is one way to ensure you are doing well and despite the fact you may be feeling fine, you could possibly have something going on or signs that will indicate something is changing. The benefits of knowing what is going on inside your body is something learned as you take advantage of a quarterly or yearly checkup.

Vaccines

Just as children have to receive vaccines either monthly or yearly depending on their age, as an adult it’s necessary to receive a tetanus shot every 10 years. You may need a flu shot annually depending on your tendency of catching the flu. Some adults may prefer to get it “just in case.” Be sure you’re up-to-date with the necessary vaccines for your age.

Keep records

It’s always important to keep a copy of your medical records and have blood work done each year. This will allow you to notice any changes that you may need to make such as high or low cholesterol, an imbalance in sugars, or a change in cell count. Maintain a list of medicines you may be taking to keep track for yourself and especially if you switch doctors.

Benefits

With a quarterly or annual checkup, you will benefit greatly as you can monitor your health throughout the year. Some of the benefits you will receive include:

  • Checking important vital signs that may indicate if you have high or low blood pressure
  • Avoid diabetes
  • Be alerted when there is a sudden change
  • Helps prevent or assist in fighting against major diseases such as cancer
  • Provides you with a map of any problems that may be happening

Making healthy lifestyle choices is part of making sure that you see your doctor at least once a year. As you get older, it’s important to see your doctor at least two times a year. Depending on how you feel, you may be visiting the doctor more often.

Women

Estrogen is a key part in a women’s health. This alerts her when things are changing in her body, yet this is natural and it doesn’t indicate anything is wrong. However, how you choose to handle it and whether you choose to take medication to help you go through the changes or leave everything as natural as possible is something you will need to discuss with your doctor during your quarterly checkup. Having a mammogram and a pap smear each year is important for women especially once they reach the age of 35.

Men

Having a physical and checkup regularly is important for men too. A prostate exam can help reduce the chances of cancer and a colon cancer exam is important to have done for men over 50.

Reap the benefits of having your annual or quarterly exam by maintaining a good health overall. It will help you get control over your cholesterol level and blood pressure while providing yourself a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising.