It has been said that “the biggest risk is not taking any risk” and while taking risks certainly can be a courageous and brave undertaking no matter what the outcome, one thing you never want to take a risk with is your health. That’s why it is more important than ever to put yourself in the driver’s seat when it comes to your health. Yearly physicals are just one way to prevent serious diseases and other health complications, yet many Americans skip them. Here are some interesting statistics about annual exams, according to Cigna.
- Half of Americans don’t realize that, with insurance, there is no cost for an annual check-up
- Yet 85 percent know when their pets are due for shots at the veterinarian’s office
- Only 20 percent know their BMI, cholesterol, triglycerides level
- A third go to their health care professional only for a specific problem
- Half know their blood pressure numbers
No matter your age or stage of life, annual physical exams are essential to your ongoing health. Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. Here are some things to consider regarding health screenings from Health Hub.
What is health screening?
Health screening is important to everyone. It involves the use of tests, physical examinations or other procedures to detect conditions early in people who look or feel well. This is different from diagnostic tests which are done when someone is already showing signs and/or symptoms of a condition.
Why should I go for health screening?
Health screening helps you find out if you have a particular condition even if you feel perfectly well, without any symptoms and/or signs. Early detection, followed by treatment and good control of the condition can result in better outcomes, and lowers the risk of serious complications. It is therefore important to get yourself screened even if you feel perfectly healthy.
Why do I need to go for regular screening at the recommended frequency?
A one-off screening will only pick up health conditions that are present at the time of screening. Regular screening helps to detect conditions that may develop after the previous screening. Hence, it is important for you to go for regular screening tests at the recommended frequency.
What should I do after health screening?
If your screening results are normal, you should continue to go for regular screening at the recommended frequency because screening only detects health conditions that are present at the time of screening. If you develop signs or symptoms after your screening, please see your doctor and do not wait for your next screening appointment.
If your screening results are abnormal, you should follow-up with your doctor immediately even if you feel perfectly well. Early treatment and good control of your condition can result in better outcomes and prevent or delay serious complications.
Annual health screenings and exams are an important factor when it comes to taking control of your health. The staff at Rochester Medical Group are doing what we can to make health care a little easier for people and are always here to answer your questions. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.