For many, regular checkups are just a part of a healthy childhood. However, the truth is that they can be just as valuable when viewed as a part of a healthy adulthood. Regular checkups are a simple, practical way you can invest in your health at every stage and age. That’s why today we’ll be discussing four benefits of having regular checkups—no matter how hold you are!
Improved Health Management Plan
It’s easy to forget that medicine can be proactive, rather than just reactive. One of the top benefits of regular checkups is that they allow patients to work together with their doctor to establish healthy goals for a thriving mind and body. For example:
- Identify hereditary and genetic risk factors and create a preventative plan for avoid those risks
- Establish an appropriate diet and activity level to maintain a healthy weight at each stage of life
- Give your care team an opportunity to give recommendations for optimal health strategies based upon trends and past challenges
This is especially helpful when dealing with chronic conditions that require daily care such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain or asthma. A regular checkup allows patients to feel much more in control of their symptoms. If you don’t already have a primary care physician, we currently have Lewisville doctors accepting new patients (locations also in Benbrook, Bedford, Boyd and Justin) who would be happy to help you identify and achieve your health goals.
A second benefit of integrating regular checkups into your life is the increased opportunity for early detection of potential problems. This can include conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Vision and/or hearing loss
Many treatments’ successes rely heavily upon early detection. Regular checkups give your doctor the opportunity to identify early warning signs that the average person may not recognize. This will also decrease the chances of complications associated with many conditions.
Screenings and Vaccines
While we’re on the topic of early detection, a third benefit of regular checkups is gaining access to timely screenings and vaccines. Keep in mind that not all screenings are required on an annual basis. The same goes for vaccines. Your doctor can give you a specific timeline for everything that’s relevant to your age and circumstances. Generally, some of those that are recommended each year include:
- Seasonal Flu (Influenza) Vaccine
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine
- Shingles Vaccine (50 years +)
- Pneumonia/Pneumococcal disease Vaccines (65 years +)
- High cholesterol screening
Schedule a checkup today with one of our Lewisville doctors accepting new patients (locations also in Benbrook, Bedford, Boyd and Justin) to learn more about which of these vaccines and/or screenings you may not be up to date on.
Strengthens Doctor-Patient Relationship
Last, but certainly not least, we encourage you to consider the doctor-patient bond as another reason we recommend regular checkups. Regular checkups allow your doctor to continue to get to know you beyond your chart and health history. It gives him or her an opportunity to learn about you as a whole person.
These consistent visits will also give you – the patient – a deeper level of trust in your doctor’s recommendations. As you go through different seasons of life and health, this will become even more important. The better your doctor knows you, the better he or she can advocate for you as you age and your health goals change.
Whatever your current medical needs are, we hope that this information has helped you connect with the idea of regular checkups. As medical advancements continue to progress, our doctors here at Your Family Medical are passionate about applying the latest information for effectively treating you. Our dedication is built on the foundation of care in every stage of life. We look forward to serving your healthcare needs at any one of our five convenient Texas locations.