Preventive health care has been gaining more and more traction lately, and for a good reason. In recent decades, patients only saw their doctor when they were sick, but today, preventative methods are becoming more common.
- When is the last time you came in for a check-up?
- Or had a wellness exam?
We understand scheduling an appointment to see your doctor when nothing is seemingly wrong can be at the bottom of your to-do list. But, keeping those regular appointments could also keep you healthy and keep you ahead of any illnesses.
Read on to learn more about the importance of regular check-ups and how they can be your best line of defense for great health.
If it’s been a while since your last doctor’s visit, don’t worry. We’re not here to judge rather we want to help you maintain health and restore balance!
Making a Case for Regular Check-Ups
At Buford Family Practice, we understand the stresses of daily life and how challenging it can be to make time for yourself, especially if you work full-time and have a family to take care of.
However, we also want to be sure that you’re staying on top of your health and avoiding many chronic conditions and health concerns that are completely preventable.
When you come in regularly for wellness exams and general check-ups you are drastically lowering your risk of various conditions and diseases, as well as the need for required medical treatment or surgery; which is possible if you ignore warning signs of certain health conditions.
Let us help you identify any problems before they become serious! Here are five good reasons why you should be coming for a regular check-up.
1. Health Screenings Are Important
Various screening tests take virtually no time at all but could be crucial to helping you maintain your health. We’ll evaluate your wellbeing and through screening can identify any potential problems or red flags for disease. Even those who live reasonably risk-free lifestyles can benefit from screening.
2. Saves You Money on Healthcare
Some of you may be wondering how you’re saving money if you’re going to the doctor more often, but the best way to cut down exorbitant healthcare costs is to reduce your risk of needing surgery, pricey medications, or other serious medical care.
For example, regular check-ups could help identify diabetes or pre-diabetes and allow you the opportunity to make necessary lifestyle changes rather than spend money on adding new medications or treatments to your daily routine.
3. Stay in the Know
When it comes to your health, why wouldn’t you want to know what’s going on? Do you know what your blood pressure or cholesterol is? Both are critical aspects that if left untreated, could lead to disease, heart attack, stroke, or worse.
Regular check-ups will allow us to keep a record of your numbers, keep you informed, and have a baseline to compare over time.
4. Opportunity for Better Medical Advice
When we have more information to work with, like blood work, your numbers, records of any illness, etc. which can be documented in your routine check-ups, our team of medical professionals can better recommend lifestyle changes.
We’ll review your records together and talk about any areas of concern and what you can do to get your health on the right track.
5. Establish a Patient-Doctor Relationship
We want to be a partner in your health, and we hope you and your loved ones will feel comfortable to come in for any health concern and know that you’ll always get the highest quality care. While we work hard to give you our best, we know that a relationship isn’t established in just one visit.
The more regularly you come in, the more we will be able to understand about your health history, concerns, and goals–all of which will be important in creating your treatment plans.
Buford Family Practice welcomes walk-ins, is open Monday through Saturday and has two convenient locations so that our patients can be as accommodated as possible.
With all of this information, we hope that you’re ready to take action and schedule your check-up today! To make your next appointment as efficient as possible, we recommend the following:
- Make a list of your current medications, including over the counter supplements.
- Bring your vaccine records.
- Bring the dates of your last cancer screenings.
- Be open and honest about your health habits. We don’t judge, but knowing your actual habits (drinking, smoking, or other patterns) are essential to establishing a real treatment plan.
Buford Family Practice is Here to Help!
Now that you can see the benefits of regular check-ups are you ready to schedule yours? Get in touch with us by filling out our contact form or by calling our Buford location at 678-541-0588 or the Lawrenceville location at 770-822-4411.
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