Ringing In a Healthy Year
If your New Year resolutions included improving your health, one of the best ways to start is with an annual physical exam. Wellness screenings can pick up problems in the early stages or just give you some peace of mind that all is well. If you take medications on a regular basis, it's a good idea to go over the list with your doctor periodically.
Regular Doctor Visits
Medline Plus notes that all adult men and women — even those in the best of health — should periodically see a health care provider. An annual visit is a good time to screen for disease, assess future risks and update vaccinations. It's also a way to build a relationship with your family doctor; if you should get sick, you'll feel more comfortable with someone you know. Your annual visit also offers a chance for the two of you to discuss health habits and strategies, such as nutrition and weight loss.
Age, Sex and Screening
In addition to the physical examination, Medline Plus notes other recommended screening varies by age and sex. Women, for example, should perform breast self-examinations and may need to begin mammograms at age 40. Most women should also have a pelvic and Pap smear beginning at age 21.
Older men may need prostate screening, and both men and women should have their blood pressure checked and be tested for high cholesterol or diabetes. Don't forget your teeth and eyes; see a dentist and ophthalmologist or optometrist as well as your family doctor.
If you want to lose weight, you can compare the results of your annual exam for a before and after snapshot. Contact us at Metabolic Research Center for ideas and support in meeting your weight loss goals. Make 2016 a year of health just for you.
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