Importance of a Yearly Physical
The Importance of Your Annual Physical Exam
Many adults might not think a yearly checkup is really necessary, especially when they consider themselves to be in good health. However, nearly one third of the 133 million Americans living with a chronic disease are unaware of their health condition. In fact, a chronic disease causes 7 out of every 10 deaths.
Preventive care to offset a chronic disease should be woven into all aspects of life, including where and how we live, learn, work, exercise, as well as our health care. Getting a yearly checkup is important in maintaining good health, and should be an integral part of anyone’s health care routine.
Annual Exams Provide Important Health Statistics
In most cases, it’s better safe than sorry. Going to the doctor each year for an update on your vitals is a good way to stay on top of your overall health. Your weight, height, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol are common items that your doctor may measure during your exam. If they see a sudden spike in your blood pressure, for example, further tests can be conducted and a treatment plan can be put in place before the condition becomes severe. An average annual physical can include things like:
•A comprehensive physical exam catered to your age, gender, and specific risk factors
•Examination of respiratory health
•EKG to check for heart health
•Lab tests, including blood count and cholesterol
•Skin screening to check for dermatological health
•BMI (body mass index) testing
•Screenings for age- and gender-appropriate cancer risk factors
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