When we’re healthy, the last thing we want to do is make time for a doctor appointment. Let’s face it – we’re busy. Work, errands, family, friends… why would try to squeeze the doctor in if we’re not even sick?
Unfortunately, many illnesses do not have warning signs until they are serious and difficult to treat. In these cases, waiting for a red flag can literally cost you your life.
Regular checkups, the right screening tests and a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent or detect life-threatening chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Scheduling the necessary appointments is an important part of staying healthy. The first step? Knowing what appointments are recommended. Here are the basics:
Once the appointment is made, the next step is figuring out what to bring.
Having all of the proper materials prepared before an appointment helps to make the experience less stressful. Consider taking the time to create a checklist and having everything ready-to-go the night before.
Here’s what you need to bring:
If seeing a doctor for the first time, here’s some additional information to bring:
Consulting a doctor to figure out the appropriate appointments to make and how to prepare for each will ensure a less stressful and more enjoyable experience. To see what preventive services are recommended for your age group, check out the graphic below:
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