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Did you know that over 80% of people had contact with a healthcare professional within the last year? That means a lot of people are taking their healthcare seriously.
If you haven’t gotten a check up recently, it might be time for you to give your doctor a call and go in to see how everything is going. You might hope that everything is good and not notice any pain, but there could be things you can do to help yourself feel even better.
Continue reading this article, and we’ll talk more about when you should go in for a doctor check up.
Determine Your Risk Factors for Visit Frequency
If you aren’t at high risk for disease, you won’t have to go see the doctor as frequently as someone that is. If you aren’t sure, you should ask your doctor about your risk for disease and how to best manage it.
Your age is one of the things that play into your risk. If you’re around thirty or younger, every two or three years should be fine. On the other hand, if you’re up in age, you might need multiple types of doctor appointments throughout the year.
Another group of people that want to see the doctor more frequently are people that are overweight. If your weight is causing problems that are avoidable, you might want to speak to your doctor about a plan to get your health in check.
Why Catching Issues Early Matters
No one wants to go to the doctor and hear that something is wrong with them, but hiding from it is not a solution.
Keep in mind that not only are medical issues that you catch earlier on easier to treat, they are also less expensive to treat. You’ll be able to save your health and save your money by going to the doctor frequently to make sure you’re doing well.
If you have health insurance, your preventative care is likely free or very discounted. Your health insurance wants you to stay healthy, so they don’t have to pay for health issues down the road, so they make it easy for you to get in and get the help you need.
When you go in and see your doctor frequently, you’re more likely to open up with your doctor. You’ll have a relationship and feel okay with talking to them about your issues.
What Does a Check Up Include?
You might be confused about what happens during a check up. Fear of the unknown is a major problem for people and is often what keeps people from doing what they need to do.
There are some standard things that you’ll experience during a check up, but depending on your age, there may or may not be certain checks.
No matter your age, here are some of the standard things you can expect when you go to your doctor’s check up.
- Temperature check
- Height check
- Weight check
- Pulse rate
- Blood pressure
- Listening to the heart and lungs
- Looking at your skin
Now that you know more about what’s included in a check up, it’s likely not as worrisome as you might have thought. If you’ve had check ups before, and you’re not afraid, but you’re just putting it off—take the time to schedule your next appointment.
Choosing a Doctor You Can Trust
One of the best ways you can make sure that you go back to the doctor and take care of yourself is by choosing a doctor you can trust. A lot of times, people don’t go to the doctor because they don’t trust their doctor.
If you go see a medical professional and don’t have absolute confidence in them, you should look for another doctor. The relationship between a doctor and a patient is like no other. You’re literally putting your life in their hands, and you need to make sure that you feel good about that.
Get Referrals from Friends
When we get a referral from our friends, it is much easier to trust the doctor because we trust our friends. Many times our friends have the same values as we do, which means they already did a lot of the legwork we would have had to do otherwise.
Ask them why they picked this doctor and the positive things they’ve noticed as well as the drawbacks.
Reading online reviews can even be helpful. When you see a doctor that has a lot of reviews, you at least know there are a large group of people that put their trust in them.
Don’t just find a doctor that has a five-star rating. You want to make sure you find a doctor that has a lot of reviews along with that high rating.
Ask About Their Education
When you consider working with a doctor, make sure you know where they were educated and how. You should check to see if they are up to your standards before you start sharing sensitive information.
If you need specialty help in a certain area, then it’s good to see if they have experience working in that area and who they’ve helped. Knowing they have experience with your issues is important if you want to get the best results at your check ups.
Get Your Check Up and Feel Good
Even if there wasn’t anything wrong with you, when you get a check up, it gives you a certain peace of mind. If there is something that you need to take care of, you can start dealing with it sooner rather than later.
Do you want more help with your health? Keep going through our blog for more.