Why Your Annual Physical Exam Is a Must
It’s a question that’s been asked time and time again: “Do I really need an annual physical exam?” In short, yes. Preventing health problems, saving money, and keeping your doctor up-to-date on your health are just a few of the many benefits there are to getting an annual physical exam.
At GMP Medical, we understand the value of annual exams. Be it a gynecological exam, a general primary doctor visit, or visiting a specialist, maintaining your health is the most important thing you can do – especially the older you get. Read on to find out why getting an annual physical in older age is a must.
What Is A Physical Exam?
Before we can dive into the benefits of physical exams, you might need a refresher on the different parts of your yearly physical exam.
To start, the doctor will take your medical history. These questions about your past medical health happen during every exam so that you can update your doctor on any changes in your family’s medical history as well as any changes in your lifestyle. If you recently started exercising more or have changed your diet, this is the time to let your doctor know.
Afterward, the doctor will check your vitals. This part of the exam includes checking your blood pressure, heart rate, and your breathing. Your doctor documents any abnormalities or changes in your breathing or heart rate and can advise any future necessary steps.
Lastly, you’ll get your physical exam done. The doctor will examine your head, neck, arms, feet, etc., to make sure everything looks normal or if you are experiencing any pain. Any discomfort or abnormalities might be signs of a disease or illness and, if determined as such, your doctor will adjust the exam accordingly.
Why Do I Need An Annual Check Up?
As mentioned, staying on top of your health is crucial to living your best life. Although you might be in good shape and eat healthy, with no obvious sign that something is wrong, it’s a good idea to stay current and in contact with your doctor. Here’s why.
During your annual exam, the doctor can ensure that all of your necessary vaccinations and screenings are up to date. These include cholesterol screenings if you are 40 years old and above, shingles vaccinations if you are 60 and above, and pneumococcal vaccinations if you are 65 or older. Also, medical experts recommend other screenings and tests for both men and women annually or every 2 to 5 years.
Before you get in the car, you put your seatbelt on to help protect you from anything that might, or might not, happen. Going to the doctor every year is essentially the same— your doctor is the seatbelt, and by visiting the doctor every year, you are doing everything you can to stay safe and healthy. Although you might be a healthy, in-shape adult, some underlying conditions and issues won’t be brought to light if you don’t take the precautionary step of visiting your doctor every year.
At first glance, visiting the doctor every year might not seem like a financially beneficial thing to do, but in the long run, it can save you thousands. In line with being precautionary, annual physical exams allow the doctor to note any significant changes in your health that might be the root of an illness or disease. If you catch these early on, you can get the problem treated and save money that might have been spent had you waited two or three years for an exam.
The older you are, the quicker your body can deteriorate. Annual exams are not only recommended, but necessary for those over the age of 50. Staying ahead of the game and maintaining your health to your best ability will help you live a healthy and happy life. To schedule an appointment with South Florida’s most trusted medical professionals, contact us today at 305-823-2433.