Many people, especially those that are young and healthy, consider skipping their annual health check-ups. However, even the healthiest among us should attend yearly preventative exams. While it may feel like a chore, annual check-ups are crucial to caring for your body and averting major health risks.
The key reasons why you should get an annual preventive exam include:
Improve Your Quality of Life
Even young, healthy people have health questions and concerns. While your question may not require an urgent appointment, having it answered at your annual physical is important. By addressing all of your health concerns, both large and small, your doctor can help alleviate medical anxieties and improve your quality of life.
Better Understanding Your Health Risks
By attending a physical every year, you and your doctor will gather the information for what’s known as a health baseline. This baseline gives you an overview of your health, including possible disease risk factors. With this information, your doctor can advise you on lifestyle modifications that can improve your overall health and lower your risk of disease.
Stay Up-To-Date on Screenings and Vaccinations
As you grow older, there are many preventative screenings that you’ll need to undergo regularly. Staying up-to-date on these screenings will help prevent chronic disease, rather than treat illnesses after they develop. Examples of important screenings include colon cancer screenings, pap smears, breast cancer screenings, prostate cancer screenings, and bone density tests.
Additionally, you may need to receive various vaccinations. While many vaccinations are administered in childhood, adults also need certain immunizations, such as flu shots, the shingles vaccine, and tetanus shots.
Scheduling your annual preventative exam is a crucial step to take for your ongoing health. At Florida Wellness Medical Group, we provide comprehensive primary care services, including annual preventative and wellness exams. To book your appointment, reach out to us today.