Is It Necessary To Get Annual Physicals?

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Yes, health physicals or regular annual physical exams are essential to live a healthy lifestyle, to reduce yearly healthcare costs, to prolong your life, and also to offer you great piece of mind. The components of a physical exam vary from one person to another.

Some physical exams are standard; some are especially for women while some are especially for men. Also, tests will vary depending upon the person’s age.

Standard physical examinations for all people:

  • Everyone should carefully monitor their blood pressure during every doctor’s visit.
  • Height should be measured during every visit, because any decrease in height indicates osteoporosis. Also, spinal cord compression can lead to decreased height.
  • Your weight will be measured during every doctor’s visit. Any loss or gain in weight without trying can indicate a serious health problem. Gaining weight can indicate hormonal imbalance, fluid retention, kidney or liver disease, or potential heart. Losing weight can indicate any infection or cancer.
  • Have a blood test. Regular blood tests include blood cell count, blood sugar levels to find whether you have diabetes, blood electrolytes panel to find kidney disorders, thyroid function test to exclude any thyroid problems, and any other early heart disorders.
  • Have chest X-ray. This is essential to identify emphysema, early tuberculosis and lung cancer.
  • You may also receive ECG or electrocardiogram at early ages of 50 to check your heart’s health. After age 50, you should get the test for every 2-3 years.
  • Some other tests include: virtual colonoscopies and various methods that use flexible lighted tubes to discover polyps and tumors in your gastrointestinal tract.

Health physicals for women:

An annual mammogramphy is recommended for women over 40 years or for women who are at higher risk. An early mammogram performed can decrease the chances of developing breast cancer.

Also, regular Pap smear along with pelvic exam is essential for every year to detect cancer of the cervix, STD’s, vaginal cancer and other gynecological concerns.

Testing bone mass is also essential to detect osteoporosis. This is particularly important for menopausal women.

Health physicals for men:

Men once entered into their 50’s should start having regular prostate exam. Prostate exam includes a blood test and prostate specific antigen to identify prostate cancer. If the test results higher levels, then your doctor may recommend a biopsy of the prostate.

So, what are you waiting for. Make an appointment at our urgent care center and have health physicals.

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