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Do I Really Need a Yearly Physical?

Posted On: 04-29-2015
Do I Really Need a Yearly Physical?
In recent years, several studies have argued against the need for annual physical exams. These studies have raised some valid points such as costly diagnostic testing and invasive medical procedures. On the other hand, yearly physical exams strengthen the trust and relationship between doctors and patients and help to improve your health.

Doctors Can Compare Baseline Numbers

Annual physical exams allow your doctor to compare information from previous exams to findings from future exams. They can check for changes in your vital statistics such as your height, weight, and blood pressure and look for any changes in your numbers. The slightest of changes can indicate a problem that your doctor can use to diagnose and treat the condition. They can also use the information gathered to personalize your treatment plan. 

Preventive Health Screenings 

Yearly physical exams include screenings such as pap smears, thyroid checks, mammograms, and prostate cancer screenings. There are also screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure. Annual screenings are used as preventive measures to catch diseases in the early stages so that treatment will be more successful.

Check For Symptoms Of Diseases

If you fail to go to the doctor every year, you run the risk of your doctor not detecting the development of symptoms of a serious disease. This is especially true if you have a family history of heart, kidney, or liver diseases. When you fail to visit your doctor for an annual exam, you put your health at risk, which could result in serious health problems. Your doctor can also give you valuable diet, exercise, and lifestyle change tips that may help ease the symptoms of various diseases.

Immunizations

Adults need an annual flu vaccination to stay healthy. Doctors may also want to give you an annual pneumonia shot. If you see your physician regularly, they will be better able to keep track of when it is time for your vaccinations and tetanus booster. Getting annual vaccinations will help keep you healthy.

Most health experts recommend that patients get a yearly physical exam. It is the best way to prevent the development of diseases. In addition, visiting your doctor annually will improve your overall health and well-being.

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