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Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Seeing Your Doctor In 2015

It’s the start of the New Year, and that means all of us are getting another year older. With that in mind, you have to add “go to the doctor” to your New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Because as we get older, the risk of us falling ill increase. Especially for those who have not yet taken the leap to making healthy lifestyle choices. Here are some key things to remember if you plan to live a healthier, happier 2015.

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Regular Check-ups

If you’re not going to your doctor for regular check-ups, now is the time to change that. After all, we’re not getting any younger. It’s important to go to the doctor for tests (blood sugar, urine, and cholesterol level among others). It’s important to do regular check-ups especially if your family has a history of diseases like cancer and diabetes. At the very least, you can prevent these illnesses before they even show up. There is truth in the saying that, “prevention is better than the cure”.

Health Checks for Women

Women are always at risk of getting breast and cervical cancer, so it’s important to keep track of everything regularly. A trip to the doctor may do just that, and regular trips to the doctor will only serve you in the long run. While there are several self-checking health checks for women, it’s still a better idea to have your doctor look at everything just to see if everything’s working perfectly.

Health Checks for Men

Men over the age of 50 are at risk of getting prostate cancer, so a regular prostate and rectal exam is a must especially if you have a history of cancer in your family. If you’re turning 50 this year, now is a good time to visit your doctor for a rectal exam.

Family Doctors

Even if you’re not sick, it’s a good idea to visit your family doctor at least once this year, especially for flu shots and other vaccines. It doesn’t have to be regular, just once a year will do.

Dentists

You should go visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning. This is a great way to avoid plaque and other problems that could occur if you don’t get your teeth cleaned or checked regularly. This is especially true for smokers who are susceptible to gingivitis and other problems.

Optometrists

Visiting your optometrist depends on your age. For children and anyone under 19 years old, annual eye examinations are important. Adults between the ages of 20 and 30 should also visit the optometrist regularly to keep their prescription updated, especially people who wear contacts and glasses. Another reason for regular visits to the optometrists is to make sure you don’t suffer from ailments such as cataracts. People suffering from it should immediately sign up for cataract surgery. New York has some of the finest eye doctors in the United States, but that is true for any city. A regular eye check-up is all you need. Like we said earlier, prevention is better than a cure.

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