This blog was contributed by Dr. Meghana Shah from Harbour View Family Practice.
In 2014, visit your primary care doctor for a physical and have all your recommended health screenings. Depending on your age and gender, these screenings may include blood pressure, complete blood count, bone density, prostate exam, mammogram or pap smear. Most of these tests can be done in your physician’s office and can catch conditions that range from high cholesterol to kidney problems, from diabetes to cancer.
Screenings are valuable tools to help you stay healthy and maintain your quality of life. If a condition goes too long without being diagnosed and managed, it can have major consequences for your health and lifestyle.
For instance, unmanaged diabetes can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney failure or loss of feeling in your feet. These problems are irreversible, but they are largely preventable by identifying problems early and working with your physician to manage your condition.
Annual exams help you and your physician build a strong partnership toward improving your health. It also helps your physician see how your health may be changing so they can diagnose conditions before they become serious.
Getting your annual checkup is a simple resolution that you can keep today. Schedule an appointment with your physician and take time out for your health.
-by Dr. Meghana Shah
Bon Secours Family Practice Physicians offer same-day appointments throughout Hampton Roads as well as access to mychart online health records to provide you with high quality, convenient care. If you don’t have a primary care physician, please call 757-889-CARE (2273) for help finding a physician.
About Dr. Shah – Meghana Shah, MD, is a board-certified family practice physician with more than 10 years of professional, primary care experience. She received her medical degree in India and finished her residency training at St. Elizabeth Family Medical Center, Utica, N.Y.
Dr. Shah is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Medical Association. Her clinical interests include preventive medicine for children and adults, well-woman exams, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, hypertension and diabetes.