Have you completed your annual physical exam?
An annual physical is an examination of your health history, physical exam and routine lab work including your blood sugar and cholesterol level. It is data that provides basic foundation for your health. It can tell you if you’re anemic, which can contribute to the fatigue you complain about or point out elevated blood pressure readings that can be controlled early or it can simply be unremarkable.
Unfortunately, not many people find it necessary to complete. A common misconception is if they’re doing “okay”, they don’t need a physical. With time spent working in the health care system, I have seen many issues that a regular physical exam can prevent and try to encourage those around me to complete one.
Annual physical can help to :
- Identify issues that you may be at risk and provide guidance to implement changes.
- Decreases ED/Urgent care visits. There are many visits daily in the ED that are primary care issues.
- Decreases total cost of care in the long run. If your health is recorded with a PCP, you’re more likely to track your history and know before hand.
- Improves management of long term medical issues such as diabetes, hypertension, CAD, HIV etc.
- Patient and provider relations is maintained for a long time. I’ve been with my PCP for over 8 years and do not plan on changing that. We have an understanding that I wouldn’t want to break.
If you have access to care, please schedule a visit to your primary care provider. Begin and invest in your health, just as you are eating and exercising. Remember,
Health is weath!