According to the CDC, Americans use preventative health services at about half the recommended rate. Unfortunately, those who skip their preventative health check-up miss out on many important benefits.
What Is a Preventative Health Check-Up?
A preventative health check-up is an in-depth office visit that includes a physical exam and an overview of your lifestyle. You and your physician will discuss your current health, any medications you take, symptoms of new conditions and more.
During your preventative check-up, your physician will ensure you have critical preventative testing such as colonoscopies, mammograms, pap smears and more, if applicable. If you haven’t yet had this testing, your physician will order it for you.
The Benefits of Regular Preventative Health Check-Ups
You can see a physician whenever you need to for symptoms that occur over time. But a preventative check-up is more detailed, resulting in a few key benefits.
Catch Any Chronic Condition Before it Happens
By performing an in-depth physical exam and discussing your current health, your physician can help you catch any chronic condition before it has a chance to take hold. If caught early, many health concerns are treatable with a high level of success.
Add More Years to Your Life
Chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes are responsible for 7 out of every 10 premature deaths. But, by catching chronic conditions early and receiving the proper treatment, you can add more years to your life. The best way to catch these early is by attending regularly scheduled preventative care appointments.
Live a Healthier Lifestyle
Your physician can help you determine what parts of your life such as your diet or level of physical activity can be improved to live a healthier lifestyle. According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals who exercise properly can improve their cardiovascular health and immune system. Plus, healthy habits prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
Preventative Health Should Be a Priority
Your health should be a priority, and preventative healthcare should be a prioritized part of your overarching health plan. To learn more about preventative health check-ups, call us today at 480-718-9960 or schedule an appointment online.