We all have busy lives and can come up with a dozen or so excuses as to why we don’t go to the doctor regularly. The more common way people approach going to visit the doctor is waiting until they are sick and needing medicine, then dragging themselves into the office hoping someone can make them feel better as quickly as possible. While you should, of course, visit a doctor when you’re not feeling well in order to relieve your pain and stop the spread of infections, it’s important to visit your doctor when you’re not sick as well. This year, make it a top priority to keep yourself healthy and stop potential health problems with an annual wellness exam at TrustCare Express Medical Clinics.
How Often Should I Go To The Doctor?
The Centers for Disease Control recommends regular screenings and exams for everyone. An annual physical is a good idea, and your doctor may offer different advice depending on weight, lifestyle choices, whether you smoke or drink, and if you have experienced health problems in the past. While some screenings, like regular gynecological exams, should be done at your gynecologist’s office, other screenings and regular immunizations can be taken care of at your local TrustCare Express Medical Clinic. Before you stop in for a health screening, take some time to review your personal health and family health history. Write down any concerns you might have prior to your visit so you don’t forget to discuss it.
Why Are Regular Wellness Exams So Important?
One of the most important reasons to have regular screenings is so that you can keep an eye on your health before anything becomes a serious concern. Your doctor can keep tabs on things like cholesterol, blood pressure, your weight, oral health, and whether you’re up to date on important immunizations. Additionally, you can understand what your baseline is for certain health metrics so you can understand changes in your body as they occur. By taking these simple precautions, your doctor is more likely to catch serious illnesses in the early stage, making treatment options easier and more likely.
What Are Other Ways I Can Stay On Top Of My Health?
Getting regular screenings and physical exams aren’t the only preventative actions you should be taking in regards to your health. One of the most important things you can do for optimal overall health is to stay physically fit, eat healthy meals, and exercise regularly. Exercise can be daunting if it’s not currently part of your routine, but even moderate amounts of exercise and weight loss can make you healthier and lower your risk for a number of illnesses. You should also prioritize a healthy diet of whole foods, fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, and whole grains, while also keeping added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium levels low.
Depending on insurance coverage, a typical wellness exam at TrustCare will include a detailed physical exam, lab testing, and a discussion of your family and medical history. It is important to understand your individual insurance coverage. We would love to get to know you while you’re healthy in order to better serve you in the future if you become ill.