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How Often Should You Visit a Doctor?

Posted by on June 29, 2019 in Stuff with 0 Comments

Health-conscious individuals understand that check-ups aren’t just for kids. Adults should visit with their doctor on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many people don’t make it a point to schedule appointments with their regular M.D. In fact, 28% of men and 17% of women don’t even have a primary care physician. And while many people may struggle to find time to squeeze doctor’s appointments within busy schedules, they’re essential all the same. Today we’ll explain how often you should see your doctor, and we’ll also outline several key benefits of developing a good rapport with your doctor:

When Should I See a Doctor?

The short answer to this question is, whenever you have a concern about your health. Even common injuries can lead to further complications if you don’t seek treatment for them. So if you feel consistent pain, illness, or just notice something amiss (like a nasty mole, for instance) it’s a smart idea to see your doctor. However, most medical professionals recommend that adults make a standing appointment with their doctor even if they feel healthy. Some diseases are asymptomatic, and without medical attention they can exacerbate with time.

What’s the “Magic” Number for Doctor’s Visits?

Unfortunately, there’s no universal answer to this question. Some people  consult with their doctor multiple times a year; others once every couple of years. In general, though, it’s a good practice to see your doctor at least once a year. Note, you should also schedule a doctor’s appointment if you undergo any major lifestyle changes.

Are there Downsides to Visiting the Doctor?

There are many perceived drawbacks to visiting the doctor. And people may put off doctor’s visits for a variety of reasons: they may feel it’s expensive, or it’s unnecessary, or they think doctors are only interested in money, or that their treatments are ineffective. But the reality is that doctor’s visits are almost 100% beneficial. To a degree, it’s understandable why some individuals may fear going to the doctor’s. After all, medical offices are full of unfamiliar items like 10 ml blood collection tubes, and sometimes doctors have to deliver bad news. At the end of the day, though, doctors really are good people who, first and foremost, want to help their patients!

Benefits of Going to the Doctor

People looking to improve their health and fitness will find visits to the doctor’s office beneficial for a number of reasons. A few of them may include:

  • Preventative treatments
  • Peace of mind
  • Fitness and dietary advice
  • Managing current conditions
  • Assessing potential risk factors

Going to the doctor’s for the first time after many years can be a little nerve-wracking, but it’s absolutely worth it!

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