3 Reasons to Schedule an End-of-Year Wellness Exam
As the holidays approach, it can be tempting to put off routine checkups and appointments. However, scheduling an end-of-year physical is important for maintaining your overall wellness.
Here are some reasons why you shouldn't skip your end-of-year checkup:
1. Managing Your Chronic Conditions
Getting a wellness check once a year is a chance for your healthcare provider to review any chronic conditions and make sure they are being properly managed. Sometimes, this means changing your medication or making additional screening or treatment recommendations. Scheduling an appointment now will help you feel situated by the time the holidays roll around, so you can focus on being with your friends and family.
2. Checking for New Symptoms
We know that the last few weeks of the year can be jam-packed with activities and to-do’s — but it’s important to take care of yourself. A physical is a perfect opportunity to catch any potential red flags or health issues before they become more serious.
If you’ve noticed a change in your health over the last few weeks or months, schedule a check-up so your doctor can determine and underlying causes of your symptoms.
3. Completing Recommended Screenings
Annual screenings, such as a blood pressure check or blood work, can help identify risks and prevent future health problems. Whether it’s the holidays or just another Tuesday, it’s vital for you to stay on time with the screenings your doctor recommends for you. This may mean a colonoscopy or a mammogram.