When to See Your Doctor
posted: Feb. 27, 2020.
At some point in time you are going to need to turn to a doctor, whether for preventive care or treatment. It’s imperative that everyone has a general practitioner that they can turn to regularly. You don’t always have to be sick in order to benefit from seeing a general medicine doctor.
You need your annual checkup
When was the last time you saw the doctor? If it’s been more than a year since you stepped foot in a doctor’s office you may be doing yourself a great disservice. Everyone, no matter how healthy they are, can benefit from getting a routine checkup. These checkups can help prevent diseases and can even detect problems early on when they are far easier to treat or manage.
You have a family history of chronic health problems
If you are at an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease or other chronic and potentially serious health problems it’s even more important that you have a doctor that you can turn to. A doctor can perform certain screening tools to check for early warning signs. Along with valuable screenings, a doctor can also pinpoint certain risk factors that can be influenced by a healthier lifestyle. For example, those at risk for diabetes can greatly reduce their risk by eating healthier, quitting smoking and getting regular exercise.
You’re about to travel abroad
If you are about to travel internationally you may be surprised to discover that you might need some vaccines or medications before heading to certain parts of the world. It’s always a good idea to see your doctor before your next trip abroad. We can provide you with the vaccines you need to protect against certain infections that may only be present in certain areas of the world.
If you have any pre-existing health problems a doctor can also make sure that your current medication is helping to manage your symptoms before you cross an ocean. We want to prevent health problems while abroad so you can fully enjoy your vacation!
You’re unexpectedly losing weight
While losing weight is often seen as a positive thing, especially for someone looking to shed some pounds, if you notice the pounds practically falling off you even though you haven’t changed your workout routine or diet then it’s time to see a doctor. Causes include everything from gastrointestinal problems and an overactive thyroid to certain infections and cancers.
Is your body trying to tell you to see a doctor? It’s important to listen to your body to avoid serious health problems in the future. Call your doctor today and schedule a much-needed checkup.