25 Jan Regular Physical Exams
Why are Check-Ups Important?
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life. Your age, health and family history, lifestyle choices (i.e. what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke), and other important factors impact what and how often you need healthcare.
Tell your doctor about any medical conditions or diseases within your family. It’s no secret that certain diseases and medical conditions can be hereditary; however, families also pass on lifestyle habits. People who live together, play together, and eat together influence each other’s attitudes toward smoking, exercise, weight, and a host of other factors that influence our health.
Your Kansas Medical Center health care provider can assess your risk of disease based on a combination of family history and other factors. He or she may recommend changes like regular exercise or a healthier diet to reduce those health risks. The physician may also suggest certain screening tests to help detect potential problems.
Health tests, screenings, and vaccinations
The need for certain health screenings, tests, and vaccinations can be based on your age, general health, family history, and lifestyle. Ask your Kansas Medical Center health care provider if it’s time for any vaccinations or screenings. Some tests have certain requirements in order to be effective. Having this information ahead of time can help reduce your number of trips to the doctor’s office and make sure you get the most from each visit.
Make a List
Prepare a list of existing health problems and note any changes:
- Have you noticed any changes in your body, including lumps or skin changes?
- Do you have any pain, dizziness, fatigue, urinary or digestive track problems?
- Have your eating habits changed?
- Are you experiencing signs of depression, anxiety, trauma, or distress?
- Do you have trouble sleeping?
Write down a list of any changes in your health or habits so you don’t forget them. Note how it’s different from before, when the change occurred, and any other observations that you think might be helpful. Also, take notes on what your provider recommends.
Set Healthy Goals
What specific health issues do you need to tackle? Are you thinking about losing weight, quitting smoking, or having another child? Set goals to improve your health and lifestyle. Discuss these issues and any health goals with your Kansas Medical Center health care provider so that you can make the best decisions and plans regarding your health and safety.