Monday, Apr 1, 2019
Spring into the season that is full of rainy showers, blooming flowers and sunnier hours by turning over a new leaf to an active and healthy lifestyle. One of the first steps can be to schedule your annual wellness exam with your primary care physician.
“Knowing more about your overall health assists doctors in developing treatment plans that work for you,” Dr. Jayson Fields of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Cartersville says. “A visit to your primary care physician for an annual health screening is one of the best ways to help prevent serious illness and disease.”
Your Harbin Clinic primary care physician can lead you on the path to a healthier lifestyle, keeping you on track and accountable when it comes to check-ups, immunizations and screenings.
Know Your Core 4
These four important numbers, blood pressure, blood glucose/sugar, cholesterol and healthy weight ranges, can help your physician get an idea about your overall wellness and also identify any warning signs of conditions that could later affect your health.
Blood pressure measures the force of blood pumping through your blood vessels. If this measurement is too high, then patients are diagnosed with hypertension, which increases the risk for various health issues like kidney damage and dementia. Often times people can have elevated or high blood pressure and not even know it, meaning it’s important to have it checked yearly.
A blood glucose test measures the level of sugar in your blood. Having an irregular level of sugar in your blood is a prime cause of diabetes. Diabetes can lead to a host of other issues and concerns, so it’s important to find out if you’re diabetic or prediabetic to develop a treatment plan.
A cholesterol test examines the cholesterol in your blood to determine your risk for plaque buildup in your arteries. Plaque buildup often causes blood clots, heart disease and stroke.
Much like high blood pressure, there are no warning signs of high cholesterol. Individuals can also develop it at a young age, especially if they have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease.
Healthy Weight Ranges
Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for overall good health. Having a healthy weight often decreases your risk for developing many medical issues and conditions. Your primary care physician can discuss your weight and help you formulate a plan to keep a healthy lifestyle and weight.
For more information about how to Spring Clean your health, contact your Harbin Clinic primary care physician.