Let’s face it: Without our parents around to schedule annual visits for us, not many millennials bother to make regular preventative healthcare appointments on our own.
In a survey by ZocDoc, an online appointment website, 50 percent of millennials said they visited a doctor less than once a year and 93 percent said that they did not schedule preventative visits to the doctor. Instead of visiting a regular doctor, they opted to use urgent care clinics and emergency rooms when needed. — Alliance of Community Health Plans
Calling the doctor to schedule an appointment can feel intimidating, and taking the time to go to the actual appointment is often inconvenient. The thing is, preventative care appointments are hugely important.
Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid serious health problems, allowing you and your doctor to work as a team to manage your overall health, and help you reach your personal health and wellness goals. — United Healthcare
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ready to take charge of your health? Here are four appointments to make right now:
1. Primary Care
First and foremost, you should be seeing a primary care physician for yearly, routine check-ups. These will help you establish a baseline for your health, so you’ll have something to compare to when something seems out of whack.
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2. Eye Doctor
You should also be seeing a optometrist on a yearly basis, regardless of your age or your physical health. If you’re like me and need glasses or contacts, you’re probably already seeing an optometrist on a regular basis.
But what if your eyesight is fine? You should still make it a priority to see the eye doctor at least once every few years. We live in an age where we’re constantly surrounded by screens: computers, phones, televisions, tablets, etc., and operating so close to them is seriously messing with our eye sight, so even if your eye sight seems fine now, there’s a chance that can quickly change.
Dentist visits are perhaps the least fun, but they’re very important. You should be getting cleanings at least once a year, and more often than that if you are prone to tartar buildup or cavities.
Your sexual health is one of the most important things to be proactive about. Visiting the gynecologist (or the male equivalent) on a regular basis gives you an outlet to ask questions you might otherwise be embarrassed to ask.
It also gives you an outlet to learn about and obtain contraceptives, so you can avoid unplanned pregnancies. Lastly, it’s important to be proactive about checking for STD’s so you are not living with them and/or passing them on.
Healthcare visits may not be the most exciting activities, but it’s important to be proactive and make routine preventative appointments so that you are approaching health issues head on, and making it easier on yourself to deal with them should they arise in the future.
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