Visiting your primary care provider for a wellness exam every year might seem unnecessary, especially if you feel perfectly healthy and don’t have any discernible symptoms or concerns. Yet, there’s a reason most primary care providers recommend them to their patients.
Even if you feel fine, your body might show some subtle signs that something is wrong or that you need to make a change to your lifestyle in order to maintain your health. That’s why the providers at Alpha Care Medical, with locations in Seaford, Millsboro, Harrington, and Dover, Delaware, encourage their patients to get annual wellness exams.
Touching base with your provider
Annual wellness exams are important, because your doctor can evaluate your health risks and help you develop and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Your doctor can also inform you of any vaccines you may need to protect yourself from harmful infections.
These exams aren’t just important for your doctor, however. They’re important for you, too. At these exams, you can ask any questions or share any concerns you may have. So before you go to your annual exams, make sure to write down anything you want to discuss. This way you can be prepared.
Tracking your health risks
Another important reason to go in for annual wellness exams is to stay on track for any screenings you may need. Screenings can help you doctor diagnose conditions that may not have caused symptoms, such as:
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colon cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
The longer a condition goes untreated, the worse it can become. The good news is that treating a condition early can keep it from progressing. And by treating the condition, you may be able to keep yourself from the related symptoms and prevent long-term issues.
A changing world
As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and continues to affect public life, experts are learning more and more about its long-term effects on health and wellness. Particularly in aging individuals, COVID-19 can have a lasting impact.
If you’ve had an infection, your provider can make sure you’re not being affected by any long-term issues. And, if you are, your provider can recommend steps you can take.
Furthermore, experts are discovering new variants of COVID-19 and are learning about new types of infections. By going to annual wellness exams, your provider can help you stay current and protected. As the world continues to change, annual exams are now more important than ever.
To schedule your annual exams and stay on top of your health, book an appointment online or over the phone with Alpha Care Medical today.