Regardless of your age, regular medical wellness checkups are essential. Visiting your healthcare provider for regular preventive care is one of the most efficient ways to identify and treat health issues before they get worse.
These visits also help you track your progress toward your health goals and wellbeing.
According to our random twitter poll, 49% of the people that voted have never done an annual wellness check, 23% have done one in the last 8 months, 17% in the last 1-2 years ago, and 11% in the last 3-5 years ago.
— Dr.John Mark Bwanika (@drjohnmark_b) August 21, 2019
Here are the reasons why annual wellness exams are important, screening and immunization resources to help you learn how you can stay healthy.
1. Assessing your overall health
- The main goal of wellness checkup is to prevent and promote healthy living by reducing the burden of suffering from major preventable diseases.
- For people living with high blood pressure, tests to check the functionality of organs ( liver, kidney, heart ) and Lipid profiles must be done at least twice a year.
- For those living with diabetes mellitus, regular monitoring of how well they are doing on treatment is important. They may also have to do a lipid profile every 6 months and a haemoglobin A1c test every three months
- All men above 45 years of age are recommended to do a digital rectal examination once a year to roll out prostate enlargements.
- All women living with HIV should screen for cervical cancer at least once a year, for those that are negative, at least once in 3 years. In general, every adult should visit a doctor to do a physical examination at least once a year.
2. Updating your medical records
So many changes can happen in a year, so it’s important to keep your medical records up to date. Your annual wellness exam is the perfect time to let your primary care doctor know about any changes that could affect your health such as;
- Mental health: Your doctor may ask if you’re experiencing symptoms of common mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. If you have concerns about your mental health, your doctor may refer you to a specialist.
- Family history: Your doctor will ask if anyone in your family has developed any new health conditions. If your family history puts you at risk of developing a similar medical condition, your doctor may recommend earlier screening.
- Medication changes: Provide current prescriptions, vitamins, supplements or over-the-counter medications you’re taking and up-to-date dosage information.
- Allergies: Because food, environmental and medication allergies can sometimes cause dangerous reactions, it’s important to tell your doctor if you think you’ve developed a new allergy.
3. Establishing a relationship with your doctor
Your primary care practitioner is your healthcare partner, and an annual wellness exam is a great way to get to know your doctor and allow your doctor to get to know you.
Although you may see your primary care practitioner at other times during the year for minor illnesses and injuries, those visits usually are focused on treating specific illnesses and not your general health and wellness
During your annual physical checkup, the focus is on your overall wellness and preventive care you need to stay healthy. More to learning about you and your lifestyle, your doctor will allow plenty of time to address any concerns or answer questions you may have about medications, treatment plans or other health issues.
Schedule your annual wellness exam and make the best health decisions this year. Subscribe to our annual healthcare packages, all our packages come with a complimentary annual wellness exam. See more package details on the Rocket Health e-shop