Don’t Forget to Get an Annual Checkup

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Your body can change in all sorts of ways in a single year.

So, 2021 is just about over now. Another year with the pandemic, goody goody gumdrops, but in spite of that, life goes on. It’s a good time to get caught up on anything you may have left sitting throughout the rest of the year. Give your home a thorough cleaning, bring your car in for some regular service, and perhaps most importantly, get your annual health checkup.

Doctors don’t only exist to help you when you’re sick. I mean, yeah, they do that too, but they’re also there to help you monitor your body and be vigilant for any potential problems before they become serious. However, in order to do this, your doctor needs a consistent snapshot of what your body is supposed to be like when it’s actually healthy. After all, all bodies are subtly different, so certain kinds of medical advice may not apply.

Many health insurance providers offer one free wellness check with a primary care physician every year, so you should take advantage of that and book an appointment with your doctor, even if you feel physically fine. When you go to see them, they’ll give you a once over and ask if there’s anything you’ve been concerned about lately. Don’t be shy; if you have any questions, even something that seems innocuous, don’t hesitate to bring them up.

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Aside from the checkup, they’ll probably also request some standard bloodwork just to make sure everything’s square with your assorted good n’ plenty. You can book a bloodwork appointment at any nearby medical lab; there may even be one in the same hospital you saw your doctor at!