Will 2019 Be The Year You Reconnect With Your Doctor?
Here we are just a few weeks into 2019 and we have to ask, how are those New Year’s resolutions going?
This new year, 71% of Americans are looking to improve their diet, 65% hope to increase the time they spend exercising, 54% want to shed a few pounds, and 36% of people are pledging to either stop smoking or drink less alcohol (according to statistica.com).
We have to admit, we’re extremely proud of all these Americans resolving to prioritize their health in 2019!
If your 2019 goal is to get your health back in check, know that while diet and exercise are important, visiting your doctor for an annual exam is one of the best things you can do for your overall, long-term health.
Below we’ve listed the top reasons to schedule an appointment with your doctor this year.
1. Keep Medical Records Up-To-Date
When you complete patient paperwork at an annual appointment, you’re typically asked to review and update the information they keep about you on file. It’s critical that your doctor and his or her team are aware of any changes. Update information pertaining to:
- New allergies
- New medications or supplements
- Recent vaccinations
- Recent surgeries or diagnoses (that may have occurred over the last year)
- Modifications to personal information (last name, address, phone number, email)
- Revisions in emergency contact information
- Changes to medical history (Read why it’s important to know your family’s medical history)
2. Define Your Health Risk
An annual appointment gives your doctor the opportunity to detect potential health problems. Regular check-ups often include basic blood work and other lab tests which can reveal problems that may have otherwise flown under the radar. High blood sugar or a hormonal imbalance may not present itself with serious symptoms until years down the road. But with regular lab workups, your doctor can catch issues early.
Once your health risk is defined, your doctor will be able to schedule follow-up appointments and create treatment plans accordingly.
3. Determine Appropriate Preventative Care Steps
Check-ups are a crucial part of any good preventative health care plan. During regular check-ups, you and your doctor should determine what other steps should be included in your preventative health care plan. Steps will depend heavily on your health risk, age, and family health history.
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4. Strengthen The Relationship Between You And Your Doctor
Having a doctor you see regularly means establishing a relationship with someone who will know your medical history inside and out. Someone who will be able to work with you to shape your healthy present and future. Someone who will know your case from start to finish. If you avoid seeing a doctor, you’ll miss out entirely on this beneficial relationship.
5. Make Adjustments To Medicine or Supplement Regimens
Renewing prescriptions often requires your doctor’s approval–approval they will only give after a check-up. This is because they want to ensure your medical problems are being treated right. Our bodies are always changing. A medication that once helped you, may eventually become ineffective.
A regular check-up gives your doctor a chance to evaluate your current regime and make changes based on whether:
- Your body is becoming immune to a medication.
- You’ve begun to experience negative side effects from a medication. (Discuss with your doctor anything that’s been troubling you over the last year as it could be a result of the medication(s) you’re taking.)
- There is no longer a need for you to be on a medication.
- There is a new (sometimes better) medication on that market–something you may only learn about from your doctor.
- Your body is lacking something you could get from adding a supplement.
6. Address Concerns and Ask Questions
Many people avoid seeing their doctor because they’re afraid something might be wrong. If you ask us, this is even of a more of a reason to visit your doctor.
Your annual appointment is a good time to ask your doctor questions about any health concerns. Prepare a list of medical questions you have before you head into your appointment so you don’t forget them. Include anything you want to know, even the things you feel silly asking and things you’ve associated with aging.
The longer you wait to have your suspicions either confirmed or denied, the longer you’ll spend stressing about what could be nothing (or at least, something treatable!). Take our word for it, addressing a health concern with your doctor early on is for the best.
7. Set New Goals With The Help Of Your Doctor
Personal health goals can be difficult to create without guidance. Sure, you can find a lot of information online, but who’s opinion can you really trust?
Your annual check-up is the perfect time to establish tangible health goals whether they are related to fitness, diet, stress, sleep, or habits. Your doctor can help you customize a plan based on your health history and current conditions.
8. Access Resources
The benefits of a visit with your doctor go beyond the medical check-up side of things. A visit with your doctor is also your opportunity to tap into your doctor’s wealth of knowledge and connections. Your doctor can refer you to professionals who specialize in everything from mental health to nutrition.
So, you see now that the best way achieve good health in 2019 starts with a physical exam.
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