Eight reasons to have an annual check-up
Why go to the doctor when you feel healthy?
“An annual check-up can provide your physician with valuable information should you become ill,” says Dr. Irene Polidoulis, a family medicine physician with The Scarborough Hospital. “It can also help diagnose disease early and allow your physician to provide advice on disease prevention. Everyone, regardless of age, should have an annual check-up.”
Dr. Polidoulis explains why an annual check-up is valuable:
- Regular check-ups allow your physician to build a health history and gather baseline health information that is invaluable should you become ill.
- Diagnostic tests, like blood tests, and routine screenings can diagnose disease before you show symptoms. Early detection of disease can result in better health outcomes.
- Studying your family’s medical history and discussing lifestyle helps your doctor determine your risk factors and allows him to make recommendations about disease prevention.
- An annual visit with your physician helps build a more comfortable doctor-patient relationship. When you feel comfortable with your physician, you are more likely to share pertinent health information.
- An annual check-up isn’t just about your physical well-being; it is also about your mental health. This appointment is a good opportunity to receive counselling or advice about issues like depression, stress or anxiety.
- Are you struggling with your weight or want to quit smoking? Advice about these kinds of issues can be provided during your check-up.
- If you’ve been healthy all year and haven’t seen your doctor, the annual trip is a good time to ensure vaccinations are up to date.
- Peace of mind. Any health worries you have may be alleviated with an annual check-up.