How often do you need a physical exam or health maintenance visit?
All adults should visit their healthcare provider regularly, even if they are feeling healthy. Having an annual health maintenance exam is an excellent opportunity to take charge of your health.
Even if you feel fine, it is still important to regularly see your health care provider to check for potential problems. For example, most people who have high blood pressure don’t even know it. The only way to find out is by having blood pressure checked regularly.
Likewise, high blood sugar and high cholesterol levels often do not produce any symptoms until the disease becomes advanced.
You can safeguard and enhance your health, perhaps for many decades, by having certain screening tests a few times in your 20s. The tests are used for early detection of some of the more common and potentially serious diseases occurring in adults, such as sexually transmitted diseases, cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.
Screening tests can find certain conditions in their earliest and most treatable stages, even before you notice symptoms. With information from screening tests, your healthcare provider can work with you to develop preventive measures that will help you remain healthier in your later years. For example, a routine cholesterol test could reveal your risk of developing heart disease, allowing you to take preventive measures—like lifestyle changes—before you develop a serious condition.