By: Emily Simmons, Adair County Medical Clinic Manager
Having a yearly physical and doing health screenings are vital to an individual’s wellbeing. A yearly physical, screens for diseases, assesses the risk for future medical problems, encourages a healthy lifestyle, allows you to update vaccines, and fosters a good standing relationship with your provider in cases of future illness. Things to consider when you are getting ready for your yearly checkup are reviewing your family history, writing down a list of questions you may have for you medical provider, checking to see if you need any vaccines or are due for any screenings.
Your medical provider can assess your need for medical screening at your yearly physical. Screenings refer to a test or exam done before any symptoms may be present and can also help to detect conditions or diseases in early stages when treatment is ideal. There are many different health screenings your provider may recommend. One example is the colorectal cancer screening. Other conditions your provider may screen for include breast cancer and cervical cancer in women, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and prostate cancer in men.
By having an annual physical I have been able to discuss my family’s history of heart disease with my medical provider and discuss lifestyle changes to promote heart healthy living. Due to my family’s history of heart disease my medical provider has recommended and performed high blood pressure and high cholesterol health screenings on me to continue to monitor my cardiovascular health. These health screenings have given me a peace of mind and have verified my current health status.
By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.
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