Why are regular visits to the doctor essential for maintaining your optimal immune health?
Your doctor’s job is to keep an eye on your overall health, and regular check-ups can help find all sorts of problems before they become life-threatening. But going to the doctor early and often can also lead to a more robust immune system that will fight off disease faster and with less effort from you.
How does this work?
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There are a few ways that regular doctor visits can improve your immune system. First, if you’re generally healthy and don’t have any chronic health conditions, your doctor will be able to keep track of your overall health and watch for any early signs of trouble. Early diagnosis can often lead to more accessible treatment and a quicker recovery.
Second, by getting all of your routine vaccinations (such as the flu shot), you’ll help boost your immune system and make it harder for diseases to take hold. And finally, if you do develop a cold or the flu, going to the doctor right away can often mean a shorter, less severe illness.
This is because the doctor can prescribe medication or give other advice to help you recover more quickly.
So if you’re not already seeing your doctor regularly, give us a call. We can help you develop an individualized plan to keep your immune system at its best. And don’t forget to take advantage of our free yearly flu shots!
Why do we need a visit to the doctor regularly?
We need to check our health status regularly to identify any problems that might affect our general health. This will allow us to find the issue early and fix it before it turns into something bigger.
Regular visits allow doctors to look for signs of:
Cancer: looking out for symptoms such as inflammations on glands and organs. A specific type known as Prostate Specific Antigen is found in semen and can be used as an early sign of cancerous growths on the prostate.
Heart disease: symptoms such as chest pains, breathing difficulties, and fainting spells should be reported immediately by you to your doctor, who would probably refer you for cardio testing such as stress tests or more invasive heart surgery.
Diabetes: high glucose levels that are not regulated through diet or exercise need to be treated quickly. You may have to start taking medication or insulin shots. The doctor would also probably refer you for ongoing testing of your blood sugar levels.
High blood pressure is usually associated with elevated cholesterol levels and obesity, which are controllable factors if the patient works with his doctor.
Alcoholism: many countries take periodic breathalyzer tests to ensure no alcoholics drive on the roadways. This allows us to monitor drinking habits to help treat alcohol dependency patients before it becomes life-threatening.
Depression: depression doesn’t only affect people’s mental health but can lead them to dangerous lifestyle choices such as drug abuse, reckless driving, or suicide. A quick diagnosis and treatment can prevent all sorts of harm from befalling the patient.
Dementia: doctors are looking out for early signs of dementia in patients to get started on treatment plans while the patient is still mentally competent. This includes administering memory tests and other screenings.
Genetic disorders: many genetic diseases can be treated if found early. For example, a child with Down Syndrome can learn to read and write and live relatively everyday life with the proper support.
Infections: visiting your doctor regularly will help you catch any diseases before they become serious. Early detection means early treatment and a quicker recovery time.
Pregnancy: many pregnant women do not realize that they should regularly visit their doctor. This is especially important in the early stages of pregnancy when many problems can be detected and dealt with before they cause any harm to the baby.
Sexual health: many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) do not have any symptoms until too late. Getting tested regularly for STDs will help you catch any infections before they become severe and stop the spread of these diseases.
Urinary tract infections: UTIs are ubiquitous and can often be treated with antibiotics if caught early. If left untreated, UTIs can turn into kidney infections which can be very dangerous.
Age-related health issues: specific health issues can crop up as we get older. Visiting your doctor regularly will allow the doctor to provide the appropriate care despite age-related conditions such as arthritis or high cholesterol level.
Physical fitness: physical activity is necessary for good health, but many people do not have a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can help you lose weight, increase cardiovascular function and improve your overall quality of life.
Cancer screening: depending on what type of cancer you might be at risk for, different types of screening may apply for early detection. This includes colonoscopies requiring feces samples for testing, mammograms, x-ray scans of the chest area explicitly used to detect breast cancer. Or Pap smears which test for cervical cancer.
There are many other reasons you should visit your doctor regularly, and these are just a few of the most important ones. Visiting your doctor periodically allows the doctor to get to know you and your medical history, which can be very helpful in diagnosing and treating any health problems that may arise.