Why Annual Medical Checkups Are Important
When you are feeling fine, it is easy to overlook your annual medical (or dental) checkup. However, the best way to continue feeling great is to visit your doctor once a year. Your physician can help identify health problems before they occur or advance. By undergoing proper health screenings, exams, services and treatments, you increase your chance of living a longer, healthier life.
Moreover, individuals who are already suffering from an undiagnosed medical condition often increase their chances of receiving effective treatment and curing the disorder the sooner they receive a diagnosis and start treatment.
Also, undergoing a yearly medical (or dental) checkup is a good opportunity for your healthcare provider to reassess your risk for various conditions, based on your family history, lifestyle habits, age and other factors that may change from year to year. It is also a great opportunity for patients to ask any questions or address any new concerns that may have arisen since their last checkup.
How to Make the Most of Your Annual Checkup
To make the most of your annual medical or dental checkup:
- Write a list of any health concerns you have and any medications you are currently taking. Bring the list with you to your appointment.
- Be sure to let your doctor know of any changes in the health of your immediate family.
- Mention your concerns early on in your appointment, so you and your physician have an ample amount of time to address them.
- Let your physician know if you are experiencing adverse reactions to your current medications or if they are simply not working.
If you are overdue for your yearly medical or dental checkup, schedule one today. To schedule an appointment with your physician or dentist — or both, considering you can visit both healthcare providers during one visit — contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling 1-619-738-2144 (toll free).