I can always remember a family legend about my Granny that she didn’t attend the doctors for any reason for 34 years, and even when she did go it was because she had a stroke, and didn’t have much choice. Despite this impressive record that my Granny had, my physician Lisa M. Cannon MD, is not of the view that I should avoid her for long periods of time, and I tend to agree. There is a lot of good that can come from regular checkups and here are just 5 reasons why you should ensure that you are seeing your doctor regularly.
We don’t always have to feel bad to know that there is something wrong and if you have a disease or an illness which has already began then a regular check up will help you to identify it before things get out of control. Early diagnosis of diseases like cancer can be life saving and add years on to your life. If you get checked up regularly then you are putting yourself in a position where this may get spotted in time.
I don’t know about you but going to the doctors reminds me that I must look after myself more and that I must ensure that I continue living a healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t seen a doctor for years then you tend to forget this and it is another reason why regular checkups are positive.
Mental wellbeing and health is of paramount importance and it is vital that you feel as good in your mind as you do in your body. If you visit a doctor once every 2 years then they aren’t going to be able to get to see what your mental health is like. regular checkups however will give them a better picture of what mental state you are in and they will be able to help if they feel that there is an issue.
Reduce Healthcare Costs
Going to the doctor regularly can actually help to reduce healthcare costs. If you have an illness or a condition that the doctor sees because of your regular checkups then they can take pre-emptive action to stop it getting out of hand. If you haven’t been diagnosed because you didn’t go to the doctor then you may end up having a huge issue which needs emergency treatment at the hospital, which of course is not cheap!
Having a good relationship with your physician is important and they should get to know you and your medical history well. If you are able to strike up this relationship through regular checkups then they are going to be able to offer you a better service. They will spot small changes to your body, they can offer you guidance and advice and all told you will have a far more pleasant experience when you go to see them.
Don’t be like my Granny, make sure you are getting regular checkups.