Top 5 Reasons to Get a Checkup in 2020
Want to make 2020 your healthiest year ever? It’s time to think about your health goals for the New Year. Eating healthy, exercising and making time for self-care might be on your list. But is checking in with your doctor for a health exam? Even if you feel healthy or don’t get sick that often, scheduling an annual checkup will help you keep track of your health. Here are the top five reasons to get a checkup in 2020:
1. You Can Get to Know Your Doctor
We often don’t go to see our doctors until something hurts or we’re sick. But seeing our doctors when we’re healthy can help, too! This can make you feel more comfortable with them and give them a sense of how things are when you feel well so they know the best course of action to take when something isn’t right.
2. You Might Spot Problems Earlier
If you see your primary care provider (PCP) more often, they might be able to help you work through problems earlier, rather than waiting until something is wrong. They also should have a record of your family’s health issues. This can help clue them into things to watch.
3. You Can Stay Up-to-date on Vaccines and Screenings
Regular PCP visits can help make sure you stay up-to-date on the vaccines and screenings you need.
4. You Can Manage Your Medications
Your PCP can help make sure your medications are safe to take together and that they don’t give you negative side effects.
5. You Get to Ask Questions
Sometimes we forget to ask questions about our life, routine, and everyday habits. Seeing your PCP on a routine basis can open the door to ask more questions that you may not want to ask on a first visit. This can also help you both set goals for your health as you age or move into other stages of life.
Now that we’ve talked you into getting your exam, here are some tips to keep in mind as you get ready.
Make some notes about your health before your visit. Be sure to write down things like:
- Your health record and your family’s – note if something in your medical history has changed since your last visit.
- Any medicines you take, how much you take and how often (don’t forget vitamins and over-the-counter drugs).
- Concerns or questions you have about your health.
- Any problems you’re having or changes you’ve noticed.
All of this prep will not only be helpful for your doctor, but will help you get on the path to your best year yet! Call your doctor and book your checkup today.
Find more tips on the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health & Wellness page at www.anthem.com/wisconsin. Anthem is a community partner of Chippewa Valley Family.