Many of us feel like New Year’s resolutions have already faded to the background, but it’s not too late to jump start your goals with an annual health exam. You may be tempted to put it on the back burner among other goals this year. However, scheduling a comprehensive physical exam helps put the rest of this year’s goals into perspective to make 2018 your best year yet.
5 Reasons to Schedule Your Annual Exam Now
- Know your numbers – A few basic health measurements provide a window into your current physical status, including blood pressure, cholesterol count, blood sugar and body mass index. Checking these measurements each year could save your life.
- Focus on You – discuss sensitive health concerns with an experienced women’s healthcare expert in a relaxed, comfortable environment
- Hidden problems – testing prevents ‘silent’ health issues like, diabetes, thyroid problems, kidney and heart disease from becoming worse and more complex over time
- Early detection – A mammogram and PAP test are your best weapons against two of the most commonly diagnosed cancers
- It’s easy! – Scheduling your exam is as simple as a phone call to your women’s health professional to get this resolution off your list this month!
Pregnancy Planning and Counseling
This may the year you plan your first or next pregnancy. A physical exam with discussion of your health history, and any concerns about fertility will help you organize your game plan. This visit also covers diabetes or thyroid concerns. Plus, advice on genetic testing can mean the difference between a well-managed pregnancy and one with unnecessary stress.
Heart Disease, the Silent Killer
Heart disease is still one of the leading killers of women in the US, despite its traditional association with men. Only cancer kills more women across all races. Early detection and treatment is crucial to give women a fighting chance against a disease that often strikes with no noticeable symptoms.
Fitness Planning and Sports Training
If you’re planning to tackle on a marathon, extreme sports event, intense career challenge or significant lifestyle change this year, there’s no better time to discuss it with a women’s healthcare expert. Review of your health history and a comprehensive physical exam will clear the way for you to achieve your best performance on the field and off. Uncovering hidden kidney or heart disease, and diabetes or thyroid issues are important considerations before adding any significant stress on the body.
Mammogram and PAP Test
Some of the most important medical and technical advances in the past decade have been made in the fight against breast and cervical cancer. Still, our best weapon against both deadly diseases is early detection. Based on the interval of your last test, health history and discussion with your doctor, these are two tests no woman should neglect.
Young Women, Immunizations and Basic Protection
For college students, we also recommend vaccinations for meningitis and hepatitis B. Bacterial meningitis is more easily spread through close quarters with other students. Protect yourself against these risks by reviewing your vaccination records with a healthcare professional. Of concern during Chicago winters is the influenza virus. Whether you’re considering vaccination against influenza or routinely get a flu shot every year, your annual physical is the place to get your questions answered. We’ll help you make the best decision for your health.
Dr. Judith Cothran welcomes new patients
Women’s Health of Chicago is dedicated to empowering women to manage wellness and healthcare choices throughout the lifecycle. Dr. Judith Cothran offers a flexible schedule for busy women juggling career and family.
Time for Serious Discussion About Your Health
With the information obtained through health history, physical exam, and lab tests, we counsel women on how to safeguard their health. Most importantly, we provide a safe zone where women can ask any and all health questions they have. It can be the talk that makes a difference between a good year and a great one.
This story is sponsored by Dr. Judith Cothran of Women’s Health of Chicago, located at 4905 Old Orchard Center, Suite 200, Skokie. To learn more, call 847-923-6155 or visit www.womenshealthofchicago.com.