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Working With A Family Doctor

About 10 years ago, my friend convinced me to switch to a new family doctor. Our new physician was caring, enthusiastic, and extremely detail oriented. When he performed physicals, he didn't hesitate to order blood work or to investigate a strange symptom. This year, that great care really paid off. My doctor discovered a small skin lesion, which turned out to be cancerous. This blog is all about the benefits of working with a professional family doctor. Check out these articles to find out how to choose a health care clinic, and what types of symptoms you should report to your doctor. You never know, it could save your life.

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Getting Older? Why You Should Visit Your Family Physician Yearly For A Checkup

As you age, you are going to notice more and more things about your health. Some health issues may have been there your entire life and have gone unnoticed, while others may develop later in your life as you age. You should be seeing your physician more as you age to have these health concerns checked out. Read on for reasons why you should visit your family physician for a yearly checkup.

 1. To Prevent Health Issues

As you age, you're going to develop health issues. Going in for a yearly checkup to have blood drawn and checked, to have your heart checked, and to have your blood pressure checked are all important in preventing health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure problems that could otherwise go unnoticed. Blood work can test for other concerns in addition to diabetes, including cell count issues, anemia, and cholesterol issues. Some of these issues can lead to other problems later down that road that could be irreversible or could even cause death. Go to your primary care physician yearly for a checkup to prevent health issues and to prevent further problems that could go undetected otherwise.

2. To Create A Baseline

Going in for a checkup yearly can help create a baseline for your health for your physician to compare with each year. If you've never had blood work drawn before, there is nothing to match it with to see if anything seems off, the same goes for your blood pressure and your cholesterol. These things may have been high for quite some time, or your blood pressure may just run low all the time. Going to the doctor yearly for a checkup on these things will help give your physician a baseline to go off of.

3. To Treat New Health Issues

If you aren't going to see your physician at all, you could have health issues that need to be treated already. Go to your family physician to have these new issues brought to light and to have them treated before they become a much bigger health issue. For instance, if you are noticing that your heart beats very fast and feels like it skips a beat, you could be having heart palpitations. This could be nothing at all, or it could be the sign of a serious health concern, especially if you have a family history of heart issues. If you have any issues that you've noticed, get to your physician to have these health issues addressed and treated.

As you age, you are going to notice changes to your body and to your health. Go to your primary care center each year for a checkup to have these issues treated and to keep an eye on your health.