Take a Snapshot of Your Overall Health
New Year is the most popular time of year for setting resolutions. People seem to rally with good intentions to become healthier, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, stop smoking, etc. But, setting a resolution and knowing how to get started are different tasks.
Whether you're among the millions who have announced their resolution or just someone who is interested in making 2016 the healthiest year possible, experts agree that starting the new year with an annual physical that includes certain wellness screenings is great start to a better you.
Here are some of the annual tests that help to provide a full picture of your wellness:
- Lab Tests
- Blood Pressure
- Heart Health
- Colorectal Screening
- Gynecologic Exams (with Mammograms)
- Testicular Cancer Exam (PSA)
- Vision & Dental Health
- Immunizations (flu shots, etc.)
Annual exams give you and your health care providers a snapshot of your general health condition at a specific point in time. Obviously, if you're diagnosed with a medical problem, being proactive in getting a checkup allows your doctor to begin treatments. If your health is deemed to be fine, you have a record that changes in your health can be measured against for the rest of the year. In addition, your health care provider can review your current medications and make adjustments as well as provide a risk assessment for chronic conditions, especially for those where you have a family history.
Regardless of your age or gender, an annual physical should be on your list of must do items. Plus, it is a perfect way kick start your new year with well-established goals for improving your health and wellness. To learn more about how the Metabolic Research Center can help with your New Year's Resolution, call or stop by the MRC nearest you.
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