Many people avoid the doctor unless they feel unwell. However, the common misconception that you never need to visit the doctor if you’re feeling well can cause some serious health issues.
As you age, your body goes through many changes, and the risks for health issues may increase. Annual wellness exams provide the perfect opportunity to track various health factors so you can make any necessary changes to your lifestyle before a minor health concern becomes a big problem.
You can also boost your overall health with annual wellness exams by keeping up to date with vaccinations, receiving support with weight management and other health services, getting referrals to specialists, and advice on healthy living.
What Happens During an Annual Wellness Exam?
Annual wellness exams are offered as a general medicine service and performed by a medical doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s associate. First, they will spend some time learning more about you and your lifestyle choices. Then they will conduct a complete exam to help you monitor your health and take care of any issues.
Part of an annual wellness exam includes bloodwork and imaging that screens for common cancers. These tests can detect problems early on – even before you feel discomfort. The doctor may also:
- Check your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure to form your general health baseline
- Check your arms and legs for swelling
- Listen to your lungs, heart, and digestive system
- Look into your throat and ears with a light
- Examine your skin for new moles or other changes
Benefits of Annual Wellness Exams
An annual wellness exam is an important investment in your health. It covers prevention and provides you with access to the tools and support you need to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. In addition to the services mentioned above, annual wellness exams typically cover the following health services and screenings:
- Weight loss/weight management
- Depression/mental health support
- Alcohol and substance abuse support
- Tobacco cessation
- Cholesterol screenings
- Diabetes screening and management
- Osteoporosis screenings
Catch Preventable Conditions
Several illnesses and health conditions start small without presenting symptoms immediately, but by the time they become noticeable, they can be life-threatening. Two of the most common examples are heart disease and high blood pressure (hypertension). Having a family history of diseases and health problems is another critical reason to keep up with annual wellness exams to help manage your personal risk factors. Stay on top of it – contact PMN Health and Wellness today.