You may be too busy. You may feel fine. Didn’t you see a doctor last year? All of these seem like valid reasons to skip your next annual physical. However, it would be best if you didn't.
At Wasatch Peak Family Practice in Layton, Utah, we feel that an annual physical exam is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health. Here's why our expert medical team strongly recommends that you don't let excuses get in the way of your health and that you schedule your annual physical. Here are some reasons why it’s so important.
Ensuring your diet and lifestyle are healthy so you can prevent many diseases is a lot easier than treating those diseases. Also, conditions such as many cancers are easier to treat in the early stages than after they've progressed. An annual physical can help prevent or detect certain diseases early.
Keep updated on vaccinations and immunizations
Depending on your age and health condition, you may be due for a vaccine or immunization. The best time to get one or learn that you need one is at your annual physical.
Build a trusting relationship
A strong patient-doctor relationship can help maximize your health. It's a two-way street. A strong relationship helps you feel comfortable sharing any health issues, concerns, or questions. Conversely, a doctor who knows your issues can better care for you when you're sick and healthy.
Check your vitals
At every exam, the doctor will note your height, weight, pulse, and examine your body to ensure there aren't any unusual growths or marks. Your doctor will also examine your abdomen and other parts of your body to evaluate your organs' consistency, location, size, texture, and tenderness. It's essential to keep track of your vitals year to year to make sure there are no sudden changes in your health.
Assess your overall health
Depending on your age, current state of health, and history, your doctor may order additional tests and bloodwork to check your cholesterol, blood sugar, and inflammatory markers. High cholesterol and high blood pressure can raise your risk for many diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Knowing your levels is important for maximizing your health.
At Wasatch Peak Family Medicine, we are committed to our patients' safety during the coronavirus pandemic. We have implemented a screening check-in process to protect patients who are healthy and treat those who are ill with the virus in a controlled environment.
Ready to schedule your next annual physical? Call Wasatch Peak Family Practice or request an appointment online.