bannerHON
img
HONnews
HONnews
img PATIENT / PARTICULIER img PROFESSIONNEL DE SANTE img WEBMESTRE img
img
 
img
HONcode sites
Khresmoi - new !
HONselect
News
Conferences
Images

Themes:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Browse archive:
2017: O S A J J M A M F J
2016: D N O

 
  Other news for:
Physicians
 Resources from HONselect
Wellness Visits for Better Well-being
Prevention is still the best medicine

By Joan McClusky
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to stay on top of your health, no matter what your age, it's important to see your doctor for a regular wellness visit -- typically a yearly check-up that takes a head-to-toe look at you as a whole person.

A wellness visit is designed to improve your health and prevent diseases or uncover them as soon as possible, when they're easier to treat, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Problems like high cholesterol and high blood pressure don't typically have early symptoms or warning signs, but your doctor can uncover them with simple office tests.

A wellness visit might include screenings, blood tests and vaccinations. What exactly you'll need depends on factors like your gender, age, current health status and family history.

Your doctor will also take into account your lifestyle choices such as the types of food you eat, how often you exercise, and if you smoke. Additional screenings may be scheduled if you have an ongoing problem, like a chronic disease, and they may be handled at a separate appointment.

To best prepare for your checkup, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that you first review health information about yourself and your close relatives. Write down any new conditions experienced by family members since your last doctor visit. Plan on going over them with your health care provider, who will then be better able to assess your risks.

Next, write down your questions and concerns, anything from a questionable mole on your shoulder to stress that keeps you up at night.

This appointment is also a great time to address any specific issues you have, such as getting advice for losing weight or starting an exercise program.

These steps will help you get the most out of your wellness visit and set health goals for the coming year.

More information

The CDC has a check-up checklist detailing all the steps to take before your next wellness visit.

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved. URL:http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=724711

Resources from HONselect: HONselect is the HON's medical search engine. It retrieves scientific articles, images, conferences and web sites on the selected subject.
Family
Blood
Mass Screening
Health Personnel
Chronic Disease
The list of medical terms above are retrieved automatically from the article.

Disclaimer: The text presented on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice. It is for your information only and may not represent your true individual medical situation. Do not hesitate to consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare professional.
Be advised that HealthDay articles are derived from various sources and may not reflect your own country regulations. The Health On the Net Foundation does not endorse opinions, products, or services that may appear in HealthDay articles.


Home img About us img MediaCorner img HON newsletter img Site map img Ethical policies img Contact