Preventive Care and Your Annual Exam | Why it's Important

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The Importance of Your Annual Preventive Health Exam

Many adults might not think a yearly checkup is really necessary, especially when they consider themselves to be in good health. However, nearly one third of the 133 million Americans living with a chronic disease are unaware of their health condition. In fact, a chronic disease causes 7 out of every 10 deaths.

Preventive care to offset a chronic disease should be woven into all aspects of life, including where and how we live, learn, work, exercise, as well as our health care. Getting a yearly checkup is important in maintaining good health, and should be an integral part of anyone’s health care routine.

Annual Exams Provide Important Health Statistics


In most cases, it’s better safe than sorry. Going to the doctor each year for an update on your vitals is a good way to stay on top of your overall health. Your weight, height, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol are common items that your doctor may measure during your exam. If they see a sudden spike in your blood pressure, for example, further tests can be conducted and a treatment plan can be put in place before the condition becomes severe. An average annual physical can include things like:

  • A comprehensive physical exam catered to your age, gender, and specific risk factors
  • EKG to check for heart health
  • Examination of respiratory health
  • Skin screening to check for dermatological health
  • Lab tests, including blood count and cholesterol
  • BMI (body mass index) testing 
  • Screenings for age- and gender-appropriate cancer risk factors

Importance of Preventive Care


The saying, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is especially true when applied to health care. When you come to UnityPoint Clinic for your annual exam, you are making an important decision to take responsibility for your health and overall quality of life. Rather than treating a condition after it has progressed, preventive care focuses on preventing disease and maintaining proper health by incorporating a healthy lifestyle. Your doctor will be able to recommend preventive care steps and goals depending on your overall health, family history, gender and age.

Schedule Your Annual Exam at UnityPoint Clinic


When it comes to your health, you want to know that you are receiving patient-centered care during your annual exam. UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine physicians are specialized in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of symptoms and diseases in children and adults of all ages. They provide comprehensive health care that is based on a patient's family history and are committed to providing continuous quality care to every member of the family through every stage in life. Contact us today to schedule your annual physical exam!