It’s important to get your annual physical.
While for some individuals, their annual might be an unpleasant experience, evoking memories of waiting rooms and too much time finding Waldo only to feel pressured and judged upon talking to their doctor–it doesn’t have to be that way.
In actuality, your annual should be not just a pleasant experience but one that helps you reaffirm your health goals and start making steps toward them.
Here’s some ways to get the most out of your experience.
Be Relatively Candid With Your Doctor
No, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be dropping “truth bombs” on your doctor. Instead, just be open and don’t worry about being judged. It’s your doctor’s job to have a realistic picture of who you are as an individual and be able to accommodate your health goals.
Remember, your doctor is human too. They understand if you ate an extra sreving of lasagna.
Screen for Future Health Issues
This is possibly the most important aspect of a checkup, especially as you get on in age. If you’ve discussed your history at length with your doctor, they’ll determine the appropriate screens for you.
Examination Is Still Important
Of course, this is the most uncomfortable part of the checkup for most people–but it’s also doubly important. Ask your doctor what options they have to make you feel comfortable, and if there are tests you don’t want ask them about it. Doctors will be transparent about why they think a certain test or examination is important.
Overall, the doctor wants to check to monitor any changes that might be occurring in your body, and they’ll be as noninvasive as possible if they feel they’re getting the information they need to make an accurate assessment.