Many people avoid going to their doctor because they believe it’s not necessary. Even if you feel perfectly healthy, here’s why you should get regular checkups anyway.
Even if you don’t feel sick, you should still see your doctor for regular checkups. Checkups are essential in helping to prevent many common diseases, some of which may have no symptoms. For example, a large number of heart attack victims have no warning, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Your doctor can offer simple preventions, like vaccines, that will help to keep you healthy.
It’s important to monitor your health, and that includes your “numbers”—like weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol. High cholesterol affects 73.5 million adults in the United States, according to the CDC, yet less than one out of three adults is managing their condition.
High cholesterol is not the only growing concern; one out of every three adults has high blood pressure, and 78.6 million adults in the U.S. are obese.
Getting your levels checked can help prevent strokes, heart disease, and other health conditions.
Establishing a relationship with your doctor is important; it can help make you feel comfortable asking questions about your health. When you feel comfortable communicating with your doctor, the better your overall visits and treatments will be.
Chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more are among the most preventable diseases in the U.S. Visiting your doctor regularly will give you the peace of mind to better manage current health issues or prevent future problems.
Patients who see one doctor regularly are less likely to go to the emergency room or hospital than those who constantly switch doctors. Regular checkups can also help lower your healthcare costs in the long run.
Remember to always see your doctor for regular checkups, and don’t forget to see your doctor for any of these surprising reasons as well!
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“High Blood Pressure Facts,” CDC. Accessed August 5, 2016.
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