Did you know that as much as half of the U.S. population has some kind of chronic illness, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease, that could have been prevented? The fact is, preventive care is one of the most important ways you can optimize your current health and catch any concerns early on, so they don’t develop into something more serious down the line. Immunizations, annual wellness visits, tests and screenings are just some of the ways you can proactively manage your health.
Annual wellness visits
In addition to vaccinations, annual wellness visits are another way to stay on top of your care. It’s an opportunity to learn about your present health, address any concerns and learn what preventive measures you can take to ensure your long-term well-being. During your visit, your provider will usually record your height, weight and vitals, take a blood and/or urine sample and perform a physical exam. And depending on your particular risk, age and gender, your provider may also suggest specific screenings, prescriptions, tests or specialty visits.
Even if you’re healthy and have no physical issues, it’s important to get annual wellness exams. You can always gain valuable information that will help you stay on track.
Preparing for your visit
Before your wellness visit, you’ll fill out a medical history form. So, it’s important to gather all information regarding your medical history ahead of time including:
- List of current medications
- Current and previous medical conditions
- Previous surgeries
- Vaccination history
- Family medical history
After reading over your form, your provider will talk to you more in depth about your medical history and ask about your lifestyle (e.g., diet, alcohol/tobacco use, exercise habits, etc.) This can help reveal other types of issues that may need to be addressed, from vitamin deficiencies or back issues to stress management.
If you have any questions or concerns, make a list and bring it with you to your appointment. By thoroughly preparing for your exam, you’ll make it easier for your provider to help you manage your health. Preventive care is a covered benefit on all our plans, so schedule your annual wellness visit today.