3 Health Benefits Of Regular GP Check-ups


Having regular check-ups from your family GP is vital in this modern age. It should be considered as an integral part of your health and wellbeing for all stages of your life to ensure that the risk of future health problems are minimized or spotted early. Ideally you should aim to see your family GP either quarterly or twice a year, whether you are unwell or not. Your GP is a highly qualified healthcare professional and will have years of specialist learning and knowledge which he or she will use to ensure that you can have a healthy life. Here are just four of the key benefits of ensuring that you have regular health check ups from your GP.


Your GP Has Access To The Latest Healthcare Tech

It is commonplace in your GP surgery to find a range of medical diagnostic machines. These can include pulse oximeters that measure your oxygen saturation levels and give an idea of the general condition of your respiratory system, to urine testing devices which can indicate a range of conditions effecting the kidneys and liver whilst allowing the diagnosis of urinary tract infections and diabetes. These devices and technology allow your GP to quickly gain an in depth understanding of both your general health and the severity of any specific ailments that may be indicated. GP’s can quickly and easily undertake blood tests whilst you are at the surgery which also provide an in depth understanding of certain parts of your health.


Early Indication And Prevention

It is possible to feel in perfect health whilst being severely ill. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to have regular check-ups. With frequent testing and diagnosis, it is likely that your GP will be able to spot potential health problems, which if left unchecked could lead to more chronic and serious issues. For example, a doctor can quickly check your blood pressure. If it is found to be high on more than one occasion it may indicate hypertension. This can be an extremely serious condition, as over time, it may lead to an increased risk of major medical conditions such as a stroke or chest pain, or even a heart attack.


Your GP Can Help You Combat Stress

In this fast-paced world where we are expected to deal with large volumes of work and juggle multiple tasks, and responsibilities, stress is an increasing problem. Statistics indicate that at work 80% of us suffer from stress. If nothing is done to alleviate the associated problems, it can increase the likelihood of depression and other mental health problems. Your GP can run a range of tests and ask questions to understand how stressed you are (e.g., is stress stopping you from sleeping effectively at night?). Whilst medication is not always needed to combat stress, your doctor will be able to signpost you to other healthcare providers who specialize in helping you deal with stress and anxiety, or offer advice on how to alleviate stress with regular exercise and an improved diet.

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