The annual physical – some people love it, some people hate it, and other people have no idea what to expect. In some ways, our love / hate affair with yearly physical examinations is directly related to how well we’ve treated our bodies in the past 12 months.
If you’ve shed a few pounds or started a regular exercise routine (or better yet, both), then you’re probably looking forward to the exam. But if you’ve gained some weight and are going through the “guilt trip” of lost opportunities, chances are you’re dreading that scale or the upcoming blood pressure check.
Not Sure About Something? Ask Your Doctor
Regardless of where you are on the yearly physical “confidence meter,” it’s always a good idea to ask your doctor a few questions. Instead of just going through the motions, use your annual physical as a chance to identify potential health issues, take appropriate action and, hopefully for next year’s exam, see positive changes!
The health experts at Urgent Care Extra have come up with a handful of queries to ask your doctor at a physical. Ready? Here we go.
- Are there any cancer-screening exams I should schedule? Depending on your age and gender, there are some tests and exams to identify potential cancer hotspots. For instance, most men are encouraged to have a prostate exam by age 50. Double-check with your doctor to make sure.
- Is my BMI OK? Your BMI (body mass index) is a fairly decent indicator of overall health. Basically, it’s the relation between your weight (kilograms) and height (meters). The actual equation is weight divided by the square of your height. Ask your doctor is your BMI suggests you’re in the sweet spot, or whether or not you could benefit from losing some weight. Keep in mind, BMI isn’t totally accurate. If you’re a muscular athlete, your BMI might be over 30, well within the range of obesity. Yes, sometimes the “mirror test” trumps scientific data.
- What’s your take on supplements? From fish oil to Vitamin D to herbal pills, supplements are used by many people as the “last step” in total health. Some of those benefits are real, others are perceived. Based on your yearly exam, ask your doctor if supplements are truly worth the effort. Fish oil, with healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, is generally regarded as one of the “must-have” supplements.
- What’s the latest on my medications? If you’re taking any medications (especially relatively new ones), ask about possible negative side effects. When research is released, medical professionals usually get the results (or are at least more aware of the news) than common patients. Verify your current medications are OK. If not, it may be time to adjust a bit.
- So doc, what do you do to stay healthy? Here’s the thing about doctors (at least the ones we’ve visited over the years) – they look pretty healthy. Doctors and other medical professionals are, by nature, driven people. They set lofty goals. They’re high achievers. They work hard. And they’re usually fit and lean. Ask your doctor what his or her secret is to their own health. A little “insider info” is always a good thing!
Did you know immediate care centers are a great place to schedule your yearly physical? Urgent Care Extra, the leading network of walk-in health clinics across Arizona and Nevada, has more than 40 area locations to serve you.
To speak with a UCE specialist, please call our main office at (480) 840-3075. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you’d like to know about our physicals or urgent care capability, we’ll get back to you right away!