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By Fayeza Mohammed, DO
Seeing your primary care physician every year, even when you’re feeling great, is an investment in your health.
Keeping track of your health over the years paints a picture of your overall well-being. And you and your doctor can see if anything changes or needs adjustment.
Along with an exam and conversation about how you’re feeling physically and emotionally, blood tests are often part of an adult’s routine check-up. At your annual visit, your doctor may order a blood draw to check your cholesterol, your blood count (includes number of red and white blood cells and platelets), and a basic metabolic or chemistry panel to get a better understanding of how your body is working.
For kids, an annual well child visit is essential to measure their growth and development as well as ensure their emotional health and keep them on track with vaccinations.
Children can also get a sports physical at this time if needed. A sports physical is an additional brief exam that ensures your child can safely participate in athletics. Many schools require a form signed by a physician confirming they’re healthy enough to play.
So, when you make your child’s annual appointment, make one for yourself.
Remember these tips to help you get the most out of your annual visit with your doctor:
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