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Why Regular Health Check Ups are Important

In today’s world, it’s important to stay on top of your health with regular health check ups. Rather than only seeking out a doctor when you are sick, it’s important to receive ongoing medical advice from a professional. This way, you can maintain your health and live a long lasting life. 

Through regular health check ups, physicians are able to discover potential medical issues before they become a problem. In certain scenarios, such as with cancer, an early diagnosis can help determine a quick and successful treatment plan.

Regular health check ups provide the necessary care, advice and support you deserve to live a healthy life.

Here are 7 reasons why regular check ups are important:

  1. Stay updated about your health.
    A senior man talks with his physician as they review his medical chart

    Regular health check ups allow your physician to keep a detailed and up-to-date record of your health status throughout the year. This way, your physician can provide you with records when you need them. Also, they can remind you as to when to expect your next immunization, screenings, and more.

  2. Get help coordinating your care.
    A dermatologist inspects a rash on a senior woman's arm

    Regular check ups allow for your physician to be aware of your current healthcare needs. When your provider is informed, they can ensure that you’re referred to the right specialists. In addition, they can coordinate your care with any other doctors you are seeing. At Iora, we communicate and collaborate with your hospitals, specialists, and loved ones — not just read your medical records.

  3.  Identify blood test results.
    A senior man is seen having his blood drawn by a phlebotomist

    Your physician will work with you and determine if labs are needed, as they are not always part of your visit and not always necessary. Through blood tests, your physician can identify your risk of a disease that may show up in your blood. These blood tests may check the function of body organs. As well as test for cancer, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, HIV/AIDS, coronary artery diseases and more.

  4. Potentially reduce healthcare costs.
    Medical bills and health check up paperwork next to a calculator

    With regular health check ups, a physician can potentially alleviate/cure any ailment that could lead to something more serious. In the long run, this can significantly save you money as you may not have to undergo a long treatment method or a surgery that might be expensive. Your physician can also give you guidance as to whether care treatments that may be presented to you through the media and advertising are necessary or will provide any value to you. A good physician will help you find ways to reduce healthcare costs. They may help you avoid unnecessary care or find generic medication.

  5. Reduce your risk of getting sick.
    A senior man is seen wearing a mask as he receives his flu shot

    You can reduce your risk of getting sick by keeping up-to-date on your vaccinations and physical exams, as well as by monitoring chronic conditions. Your physician may give you tips on how to better manage your health and lead a healthier life during regular check ups. Listen and take preventive care advice from your physician. This advice may include tips on starting an exercise program or recommended changes to your diet.

  6. Keep chronic illness under control.
    A senior woman with diabetes is seen having her blood sugar levels checked

    If you have a chronic illness, your physician can help you manage and maintain your health. They can check to make sure your condition has not worsened. They can also educate you on your condition and help you manage it properly. In some cases, there may be new medication or a new treatment plan recommended for your chronic condition. Your physician can ensure you are aware of these options and update your treatment plan accordingly.

  7. Provide you with personalized healthcare.
    A senior woman is seen talking and smiling with her primary care provider

    Regular check ups can allow you to form strong relationships with your primary care physician. Your physician will have a good understanding of your overall health if you choose to visit them regularly. Your regular health check ups should provide you with an opportunity to be transparent with your physician. At Iora, we also want to know about changes in your personal life that could impact your health. Building a relationship with your Iora primary care provider helps your provider better understand your specific needs and address them.

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At Iora Primary Care, we take a personalized approach to our healthcare, and we encourage our patients to keep our care teams updated about their health and well being.

If you’d like to learn more about our care, read 4 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Next Doctor’s Visit.

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