Men’s Health Month is a time to create awareness on men’s health issues, promote healthy living, and to encourage routine doctor visits. One critical step many skip in the path to wellness is their primary care exams. Though it’s easy to only think of visiting a doctor when you’re sick, routine visits can help build a strong doctor/patient relationship, ultimately leading to better care.
How Often Should I See My Primary Care Doctor?
It would be best if you visited your primary care doctor for annual wellness exams once a year. As you age, and certain health risks increase, this could change. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you. The more routinely you keep you with your exams, the better chance you have of proper prevention. Your doctor will get to know your family history, can monitor any symptoms or changes, and spot any issues early on before they become worse.
Avoiding appointments can increase your chance of an illness or health issue going undiagnosed, leading to more aggressive treatments. Not to mention, your primary care is there to suggest age-appropriate screenings based on your history and health record. For instance, men ages 40-54, depending on their health risks, might need routine cancer screenings. Your primary care doctor would be the one to suggest this.
Primary Care Visits in the Comfort of Your Own Home
A routine visit can now be experienced from the comfort of your own. With the current climate and the increase in technology, telehealth visits make it easier to get the care you need without entering the office.
Our HIPAA-compliant virtual platform allows us to schedule your appointment quickly, and all our doctors and nurse practitioners are proficient in conducting virtual medicine visits. Read more on our telehealth and virtual appointments here.