There are many benefits from adhering to a schedule of regular check-ups. You can be alerted to a developing illness early and – working with your doctor – might be able to take action to stop it in its tracks. If your family history suggests that you might be at risk for certain medical conditions, you can get tips from your doctor on how to minimize this risk. Another important benefit is that by taking advantage of regular check-ups, you develop a relationship with a your doctor who then gets to know your medical history over a period of time. This is important if you should experience troubling symptoms and need to be properly diagnosed.
Some people take the approach of “what you don’t know won’t hurt you”. But facts tell us that this is not the case. We can probably all point to an older relative who, on being told they were at risk for a condition like diabetes and should make lifestyle changes to potentially lower their risk or delay onset, refuse to do so. They may say, “what’s the point?” Perhaps when they were younger they might have been able to claim that these types of changes don’t have an impact. But we know today they can. Given scientific advances that make proper management of many chronic conditions possible with lifestyle changes and medications, this “head in the sand” perspective is outdated and risky.
When it comes to your own health, when you are proactive about your health, your physician can be a partner in helping you to address your particular challenges. Your physician can provide guidance on diet, exercise, medication, and where appropriate alternative treatments that may be of use.
Dr. Freeman of Freeman Endocrinology is a Diabetes and Metabolism Specialist who partners with his patients to achieve the best health outcomes possible for each individual patient. Dr. Freeman practices in Norristown, Pottstown and Philadelphia, PA. He and his staff work to create individualized care strategies to help you take control of your health outcomes. If you are looking for supportive care to manage the risks associated with Type II Diabetes, Thyroid Disease or Lipid Abnormalities, reach out to Dr. Freeman and his capable staff to schedule an appointment.