What Happens at the Doctor's Office: Checkups, Screenings, and More
Going to the doctor can actually help you avoid going to the doctor! What we really mean is that if you see your doctor regularly, you may avoid serious illness. It's all about preventive care.
What Is Preventive Care?
Preventive care is intended to help keep you from getting sick. It can include:
Advice on how to live a healthier life.
This may include things like exercise and diet tips, help for quitting smoking, and ways to reduce stress. Sometimes "non-medical" treatments help most of all!
Your health maintenance visit is very important. It is a way for your doctor or nurse practitioner to discover changes in your health that you may not see or feel on a daily basis. A typical checkup will include a physical exam, a discussion of your health concerns, and some screening tests. Think of it as a periodic evaluation to make sure that your body is running smoothly and efficiently.
Finding and preventing sickness with screenings.
Screening tests can find serious illnesses and other health problems at an early stage, so you can get treatment and/or make lifestyle changes to feel better faster or maybe not even get sick in the first place.
Common screening tests include:
- Blood pressure check
- Blood sugar testing
- Breast exam
- Cholesterol test
- Colon cancer test
- Prostate cancer test