Three Reasons to Schedule Your Annual Physical
by Krishna Dholakia, MS, RD, CDE, CDN
Well-being. It’s a term we hear a lot in the world we live in today. Many of us seek to improve our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Achieving well-being for today and tomorrow in any of these vital areas of our lives requires a combination of knowing where we currently are, and engaging in healthy habits that can help us get to where we want and need to be.
An essential part of monitoring and fortifying your wellness is scheduling your annual physical exam with your doctor—even when you’re feeling fine. Preventive care checkups help you to assess your overall health and track your progress toward reaching your health goals. Here are three more reasons to schedule your annual physical:
- You’ll understand your risk factors. Potential risk factors that could affect our health include family history, genetics, lifestyle habits, age, race, and gender. Tests performed at your exam can help you identify your risk factors and provide a plan for optimal health.
- You’ll know your numbers. The basic standard of lab tests that are done at your annual physical exam measure things like cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. They are done to evaluate risk for chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. Depending on your risk factors and medical background, your doctor may order other specific tests according to your needs. Tracking your results from year to year can help you stay in control of your health.
- You can identify underlying conditions. Detecting disease at its earliest stage is when it is most treatable. That is ultimately what makes getting an annual physical so important, because it can help you to identify underlying conditions, even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms.
Getting an annual physical exam, as well as taking advantage of the benefits you have through the Episcopal Church Medical Trust plans, can help you achieve and maintain your health goals. Become more familiar with all of your health and wellness benefits by visiting our website.
Krishna Dholakia serves as the Senior Health Education Specialist in CPG’s Education & Wellness department. She is a registered dietitian and a 500-hour certified yoga instructor.