The top benefit of getting a physical exam every year is knowledge. You and the doctor can closely monitor your health and detect any problems at an early stage. When you have an annual physical, a baseline of your health is established and can be updated every year.

We can detect any unhealthy trends, which enables us to treat problems before they become risk factors.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, seven out of 10 deaths are caused by chronic diseases. Statistics show that of the 133 million Americans who have chronic diseases, one-third is not aware that they have one. Thousands of lives could be saved each year if these people had regular physical exams.

The two most common chronic diseases are high blood pressure and diabetes. Both of these could be treated before they become serious health problems if they are detected early. This will also save you money in the long run because you may avoid hospitalization and the cost of primary care.

When you have an annual physical, you can always be aware of your numbers. This means you know your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight, and height. If your blood pressure starts to go up, we can find the cause and treat it immediately, so the condition doesn’t worsen.

We can also give you lifestyle information such as the best ways to stop smoking, lose weight or lower blood sugar. If you follow dietary tips, you may be able to control the situation, or you may need medication.

If there are hereditary diseases in your family, an annual physical is considered essential. Since there is a good chance that you will develop a disease, you can be sure to catch it at the very early stages. For example, if diabetes runs in your family, we can screen for it every year and offer advice about how to avoid it.

Cancer is another disease that needs to be detected early for treatments to be the most effective. There are also diseases that have no apparent symptoms. You may not realize you have a problem until you get a physical exam.

People who have annual physical exams may develop a close relationship with the doctor and staff. When you are comfortable with the doctor, you’ll feel comfortable enough to ask questions about health issues, discuss potential health risks and understand how lifestyle choices affect your health.

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When you and the doctor have knowledge of your overall health, there is the possibility of preventing serious disease. Whether you have a physical exam every year or every two to three years may depend on your age, risk factors, gender, and heredity.

However, the benefits of an annual physical exam far outweigh the relatively small amount of time it takes. Contact Advanced Wellness Institute today to make your appointment.