Ways to Make Your Routine Checkup Work for You

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a doctor for a routine checkup, you could be missing a huge opportunity to have a meaningful conversation about your overall health. These days, we are all about empowerment, and we can include our health as a prime aspect of standing in our own power. We are pleased to office family medicine services in our Houston office. Here, we offer a few suggestions on making the most of the visits you do have with your primary care physician.

  1. First and foremost, you make the most of your routine physicals by having the right perspective. Health exams are not something to cross off your to-do list, they provide a time during which you can gain valuable information about your health. The results of lab tests, for example, can indicate the early stages of a chronic health condition such as diabetes, which in turn allows you more time to manage your health without medical intervention than if you waiting to see the doctor until symptoms developed.
  2. If you can, get clear on your medical history. The more you know about your family medical history, the better. Some health conditions can run through a family line. To gain clear insights on your personal risks for conditions such as heart disease and various types of cancer, talk with family members before seeing your doctor. Then, discuss your family history with your doctor so proper screenings can be arranged at the right times.
  3. Be open and honest about your lifestyle. Your doctor needs to know what you’re up to. Because your primary care provider will know intimate details of your life, it is vital that you choose a doctor you are comfortable discussing topics like alcohol and drug use with. Openness between doctor and patient paves the way to workable strategies to prevent unnecessary health concerns.

Learn more about the family medicine services available at River Oaks Gynecology and Aesthetics. Contact our office at 713.955.6560 to schedule a convenient time to visit one of our experienced physicians.