Keeps You Healthy — Could Save Your Life
Some Veterans think you only go to the doctor when something is wrong. Why go to the doctor when you feel healthy?
Because an annual checkup may help you stay healthy longer.
An annual checkup can provide your physician with valuable information should you become ill. It can also help diagnose disease early and allows your doctor give you important advice on disease prevention.
Every adult, regardless of age, should have an annual checkup.
The physical is the perfect time to update your medical records.
Why an annual checkup is valuable:
More Good Reasons to Get a Yearly Checkup
One of the most important reasons to get an exam is screenings. A blood test for cholesterol or diabetes is great for early intervention of potential diseases. A colonoscopy, a pap smear, a breast exam are all key to catching any signs of cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage.
You should have health measurements like blood pressure done at least once a year, usually much more often. Elevated blood pressure over time is a risk for heart disease. Weight monitoring is very important to ensure overall health. And a loss of height could indicate an acceleration of osteoporosis.
The physical is the perfect time to update your medical records. It’s so important to keep a record of your lab tests, immunizations and illnesses. Keep a record of your allergies in case of a recurring illness or emergency situation. An accurate family history will help to detect any genetic patterns that may put you at a high risk for disease.
You may think that because you exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, there is no need to get a checkup. Would you go several years without changing the oil in your car? You should be taking better care of your body than your car.
Most of us don’t have a clue what’s going on inside our body. There could be an unknown problem that can be discovered with an annual checkup.
Just think about happy you will feel after your physical, knowing that everything is OK or that you have discovered a problem early enough to do something about it. You don’t need to obsess anymore over that ache or pain you didn’t understand.
Having less to worry about not only feels great but leads to better health because now you have one less thing to cause you stress. Checking the annual physical off your list of things to do lets you get back to the things you really enjoy.
To stay healthy all year between your annual physicals, see the Healthy Living Messages provided by VHA’s National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
Call a VA Medical Center today and schedule YOUR physical!