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Why an Annual Visit to the Doctor is a Good Idea

By Genevieve Cunningham

When we're young, seeing the doctor regularly is something we don't even have to think about. Parents diligently show up for a wellness check for their child every single year and sometimes even more often than that. Why? Because health matters! But somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we forget the importance of regular doctor visits. Going to the doctor as an adult only happens when illness is involved. But maybe it's time to do better! If you're interested in living the healthiest life, take a look at why annual trips to your doctor should be a thing.

You'll Get a Snapshot of Your Health

When you get wellness checks, doctors check everything. They ask about problems or concerns. They check your heartbeat and blood pressure. And they even take blood to test for a wide variety of things. This is called a snapshot. When you get this done, it gives you and your doctor an idea as to exactly how your health is progressing. Armed with this knowledge, you can make a game plan for feeling better now and for staying well in the future. 

You Can Ask Questions

A wellness check gives you the opportunity to really get to know your doctor. Think about things you need to know, and write them down before you go. Ask about diet and exercise. Ask about aging. Ask about medications and vitamins. Ask about anything that you want to know! The doctor is full of helpful knowledge, and this is your chance to get all the information you need to lead a healthy life. 

You'll Become Aware of Potential Problems

The best kind of healthcare is prevention. When you make regular trips to your doctor, they may be able to point out potential problems. Instead of waiting until symptoms arise, you'll be able to take action now to ward off the problem completely. This can be crucial as you age and problems become increasingly likely.

Wellness checks aren't only for kids. Adults should be meeting with their doctors on a regular basis, too. It's crucial for long-term health, no matter if you're 3 years old or 53 years old!  Make an appointment and make this a habit. Your health matters, so put yourself first starting now.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Covina, Calif.

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