A number of doctors recommend that people undergo annual checkups to monitor their medical well-being. Some doctors say that a visit every 2/3 years is sufficient. The consensus, however, is that you visit your healthcare provider regularly for checkups. Here is why it is important to do so:
- Catch diseases before they escalate
Depending on your age, lifestyle choices, and medical history, you are vulnerable to certain diseases. During a checkup, the doctor tells you which tests you need to take to diagnose these conditions before they escalate.
Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, anemia, STDs, and high cholesterol are caught before they damage the body beyond repair.
- Stress-related illnesses are easy to misdiagnose
The fast-paced nature of the world today means that many people lead stressful lives. As a result, more people are at risk of conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and some gastrointestinal problems.
However, the early warning signs of some of these illnesses are consistent with stress: constant fatigue, headache, and weakness in the body. Therefore, many people have serious conditions but they do not realize it, as they ascribe the symptoms to stress. A checkup helps you diagnose correctly and start treatment quickly.
- It reduces healthcare costs
If you do not visit a doctor until you have a serious medical condition, you will probably spend more money than if you had undergone regular checkups in the past. For one, any serious condition would have been caught earlier during one of your checkups. Also, if you treat minor illnesses as they come up, you prevent them from becoming major illnesses.