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The Importance of an Annual Exam

When was the last time you visited the doctor for your annual wellness check?

Annual checkups aren’t just for kids and teens. In fact, adults can also benefit from visiting their doctor at least once a year for a comprehensive examination. Here in Houston, TX, our board-certified doctors Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal want to make sure that their patients lead long, healthy, and full lives. One of the best ways to do this is to provide preventive checkups and screenings that can improve patient health and also catch health issues early.

Thinking about skipping out on your next annual checkup? Here’s why that isn’t a wise idea.

Know Your Levels

With millions of Americans dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol it’s important that you know your numbers. Of course, many people have these conditions but don’t even know it. This is one big reason why you should visit your doctor once a year. Here at our Houston, TX, practice, we can easily measure blood pressure and take bloodwork to check blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Knowing these levels and making necessary changes to your lifestyle now could prevent a stroke or heart attack.

Keep Up to Date on Vaccines

Vaccines aren’t just for kids and teens. Adults can benefit from getting certain vaccines such as the flu shot once a year. Throughout the years, our Houston, TX, doctors may also recommend other types of vaccines including HPV and shingles. By visiting your doctor once a year we can make sure that you get the vaccines you need to protect yourself from illnesses.

Get Screened for Cancer

You may be surprised to discover that a simple annual checkup could also detect cancer. Depending on your age, lifestyle, and risk factors we may recommend screenings for breast and cervical cancer, prostate cancer, or skin cancer. By catching cancer early on when it’s treatable we can save lives. Get screened at your next annual checkup and protect your health.

Better Understand Your Symptoms

If you’re feeling tired all the time or dealing with brain fog these seemingly common issues could actually be signs of other problems such as thyroid disease, sleep disorders, or a nutritional deficiency. This is why it’s important to bring up any symptoms you are experiencing with your doctor during your annual checkup. That way we can run the appropriate tests and blood work to find out what’s going on.

Nothing is more important than your health. If you or your teen is well overdue for their annual checkup, all you have to do is call Rios Healthcare Associates at (832) 323-9230 and we’d be happy to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rios or Dr. Neal when it’s convenient for you.