Too often, we avoid going to the doctor unless something is wrong—we get seriously sick, break a bone, or need an exam for work or school. And while this may seem like a more efficient approach, you may be selling yourself short! If you are still stuck in the habit of only seeing a doctor when you’re already sick, now’s the time to make some changes. You can take charge of your health and set yourself up for long-term success with routine, preventative care.
They say that knowledge is power, and only when you know about your health can you make the best choices to support it. Many people are walking around every day with low-grade symptoms, or maybe no symptoms at all, while disease slowly grows inside them. Many of the most common conditions, including deadly conditions like heart disease and diabetes, can go undetected for years. But you can change the course of your life simply by getting your preventative care every 6 or 12 months.
These exams can potentially reveal underlying conditions that you may not be aware of, or catch something early that you can address now. And even if nothing serious shows up in your exam or bloodwork, you’ll have priceless peace of mind. Routine healthcare is essential for feeling empowered and knowing what choices are best for you, both now and in the future. Exams, screenings, and vaccinations can keep you informed and prevent disease from seriously altering your life. Plus, most preventative care, or prophylaxis, is covered by insurance, so you don’t have to worry about high costs.
Common preventative healthcare consists of things like cancer screenings, blood sugar tests, immunizations, bone density screenings, STD screenings, dietary counseling, and testing vital signs like blood pressure. This may also include counseling and care around depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Investing in your health is one of the best things you’ll ever do, and that starts today, with preventative care. Reach out to us at DuPage Immediate Care to schedule your routine visit.