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It’s easy to use being busy as an excuse not to have regular health check-ups, but I also know that we can only take care of others if we take care of ourselves. I try my best to have my regular dental check-ups and go for other screenings recommended by my doctor, but sometimes life just gets in the way.
What annual health checks do you have and do you think you should be doing more?
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I know that it is easy to fall into the trap of only seeing a doctor when the need arises. Prevention can seem like a waste of time. However, you are wise to consider preventative health for yourself as it will keep you out of the doctor or dentist's office more in the long run.
If you want to widdle down your appointments, you can have your GP do your gynecologic exam. Then you really only need to see a GP and a dentist for prevention.
I see my primary practitioner for a yearly exam and my dentist 2x/year for cleaning. Maintaining good oral hygiene and care has eliminated any dental emergencies for me thus far.
Remember to keep up with your shots too. Perhaps that will keep you out of the ER for dirty cuts and other illnesses and injuries.
I usually have a wellness visit with my PCP and a women's health exam, too, with my GYN. Our health insurance covers both, so it makes it easier for us to schedule. We are also offered health incentives through our health insurance which makes it even better! When we do preventative health measure and biometric screenings my husband's employer gives us money into our health savings fund.
I also get my teeth cleaned every 6 months. I'm not quite as on top of with with eye care though - I should be!!
Our health insurance offers other great programs for mental health and overall wellbeing. It's really helpful for us to stay on track from the comfort of our own homes. A lot of it is virtual.
I agree. If we are not actively taking care of ourselves, we will not be able ro take care of others, as needed.
I just recently had my first full, annual wellness exam in three years. With the pandemic limiting in-person visits, along with relocating, my health maintenance has been at the bottom of the list.
In addition to the physical exam, a full CBC workup was performed, along with some age-related tests, such as thyroid and hormone levels.
I also make sure to have annual women's wellness exams, such as mammogram and other routine gynecological tests.
Prevention is the key, in my opinion. There are multiple types of cancer within my family, as well as heart and kidney disease. I understand there may not be anything I can do about my genetic risk factors, but if I can detect something early, this is worth quite a bit.
I have a few more years before some other tests have to be started - colonoscopy and dexascans, so I think, for my age, I have most body systems covered.
I'm curious to know if anyone has other tests they find beneficial.