Routine health exams and annual blood tests can help detect problems before they start. They can find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cures are better. By going to the doctor every year and getting screenings and treatments, you are taking steps live a longer and healthier life.
Your age, health, family history and lifestyle choices are very important to your doctor. What you eat, how active you are, whether you drink and smoke, and other hereditary factors impact how often you need healthcare. Doctors can screen for breast and cervical cancers, cholesterol, colorectal cancer, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, skin cancers and strokes. They can make sure you are current on immunizations and more. A few minutes of your time today can prevent a whole host of problems later.
Family history plays a significant role in your risk for some diseases. Waiting until "there's something wrong" can be costly in time, treatment and quality of life. We are all great at playing the “denial game” like putting off getting rid of 20 extra pounds, eating too much junk food, drinking too much alcohol or ignoring wheezing or shortness of breath, subtle signs of heart disease. Avoiding these risks is just not worth it. Your future health is largely determined by what you do today.
If you don't have a physician or healthcare provider, think about getting one soon. Take control of your health care and find a doctor you can trust so you have a healthier future. It is the right thing to do for you, your spouse, kids and grandkids!