Know what is going on with your body. Make annual exams a priority.
Many illnesses do not have symptoms, so make sure you are paying attention:
- to ensure your health
- to detect issues and begin treatments before they become problems
- for follow up care of blood pressure, diabetes, weight and cholesterol control so you succeed in maintaining a healthy life
Routine physicals are important in maintaining your health. It is a good way to know what is going on with your body before something becomes a problem.
Annual exams are recommended for women every year.
For men, annual exams are recommended every 1-2 years.
An annual exam includes routine medical tests such as weight and blood pressure checks, skin cancer screening, as well as blood tests to check cholesterol levels. Other screenings are possible based on your gender, age, and medical history.
Before coming to your exam, consider writing a list of concerns or questions you have so that you can discuss them with your health care provider.
Blood Pressure Care
High Blood Pressure usually has no symptoms, yet it can cause serious problems such as heart attack or stroke. As you get older, it is important to have routine blood pressure checks. For those with high blood pressure, it can be controlled through healthy habits. Have your blood pressure checked at your next annual exam.
Diabetes occurs when blood glucose levels, or sugar levels, are too high. This leads to more serious problems including heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney damage, and nerve damage in hands and feet. Problems can be avoided with proper care and attention. The providers at First Street Family Health will work with you to help you manage your diabetes for a healthy lifestyle. Please check with your provider for options.
Weight and Cholesterol Counseling
Weight affects so many aspects of life and health. Through proper diet and exercise, you can control weight and cholesterol to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance in the blood. If there is too much, it can block arteries and lead to heart disease. Cholesterol tends to increase with age, so it is important part of screening during your annual exam.