22 Aug Why are Health Checkups Important?
It may seem unnecessary to visit the doctor when you don’t have any symptoms, but scheduling preventative health checkups at least once a year can benefit you in many ways. Here are five reasons to schedule your next health checkup today.
Catch Diseases Early
Not all conditions have easily detectable symptoms, especially in their initial stages, yet early detection is essential to successfully treat critical diseases like cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the survival rate of stage 1 cancer is 100 percent, while stage 2 cancer is 93 percent. This illustrates the difference between early detection and delayed detection.
If your doctor notices something suspicious during your health screening, such as a strange mole or a lump in your breast, he or she may recommend a follow-up biopsy or test. The results will reveal whether you have skin or breast cancer. Treatment can then begin immediately.
In addition to improving your survival rate, catching diseases early results in a speedier treatment cycle instead of a drawn-out battle. All it takes is a quick health screening to either identify a problem or give you peace of mind that there are no problems to find at this time.
Lower Your Healthcare Costs
You may hope to avoid the cost of an office visit, blood work, and lab tests by skipping yearly health checkups, but preventative care is almost always more affordable than a reactive treatment. Plus, most health insurance plans cover the cost of health checkups, so you don’t have an excuse to skip them. Make yearly visits to the doctor a part of your fitness routine, and you’ll end up saving money in the long run by reducing the need to undergo surgery or receive other serious medical intervention.
Check Your Numbers
Health screenings often involve a blood test to check for diseases and conditions that affect your blood. To improve the accuracy of your blood test, you may be asked to come to your checkup fasting—or without eating anything for at least 12 hours. Your doctor checks for several conditions, which may include high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, anemia, HIV/AIDS, and coronary artery diseases.
Blood tests also indicate the function of various vital organs, including the kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart. They can reveal your vitamin and nutrient levels as well, including calcium, potassium, protein, and vitamin D.
In addition to the results from your blood test, a health checkup is also an appropriate time to evaluate your body mass index (BMI). This is a ratio of your height and weight that categorizes you as underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.
Receive Lifestyle Advice
If your numbers are all in the ideal range, this indicates that you’re living a healthy lifestyle and don’t need to make any changes. However, most people have at least a little room for improvement. For instance:
- If your cholesterol is high, you may need to cut back on animal products and full-fat dairy in your diet.
- If your blood glucose level is high, strive to reduce your sugar intake.
- If your blood pressure is high, you should reduce the amount of sodium you eat.
- If your vitamin levels are low, you may want to start taking supplements.
Reduce Your Risk of Disease
Learning your numbers and what they mean for your overall health is the first step. Then, modifying your lifestyle can help get your numbers back into a healthy range. As a result, you reduce your risk of disease and increase the chance of living a long, healthy life.
For instance, say that your fasting blood sugar level indicates that you’re in prediabetes. At this stage, the condition has no symptoms and is still fully reversible. Getting your sugar intake under control could prevent you from ever developing full-fledged diabetes and the unpleasant symptoms that come with it.
Health checkups are also the ideal time to receive vaccinations designed to prevent disease. Whether it’s a simple yearly flu vaccine, a 10-year tetanus booster shot, or a one-time HPV vaccine, these preventative measures are highly effective at preserving your health.
Seek Health Services at Mile High Spine & Pain Center
Schedule your next health checkup with your regular healthcare provider today. This is the best place to have screenings and tests done all in one place. If your doctor finds a condition that could benefit from specialized treatment, you may receive a referral to Mile High Spine & Pain Center. We provide chiropractic care, massage therapy, spinal decompression, stem cell therapy, neuropathy treatment, and much more.
You don’t need a referral to visit our office in Broomfield, CO. If you’re interested in learning more, please schedule a free health consultation by calling us at (720) 507-0080 today.