The card just came in the mail reminding you it's time for your yearly physical. But you feel fine. You exercise, eat right. Sure, your doctor has the final word on that, but you're pretty sure you're healthy. What REALLY happens if you skip your yearly physical?
1. Best Case
If you're under 40 and you're in good overall health, an annual physical will probably just confirm what you already know -that you're fine. If you don't have any real health issues, you probably only need to see a doctor when you're sick, especially if you maintain open communication with your doctor and make sure to schedule an appointment if you notice any changes in your body.
2. Worst Case
Skipping your annual physical can make it harder for your doctor to monitor your health and to be familiar with your health history, and harder for you to develop a relationship with your doctor. Without that, a physician can miss early warning signs. And you may not know you need to make key lifestyle changes to manage conditions like high cholesterol or hypertension. If something is wrong, it's usually better to catch it and treat it as early as possible. With major illnesses, early detection can make a huge difference in treatment options and prognosis. Ultimately, if you're young and healthy, you have a bit of leeway, but if you're over 50 or have any chronic or recurring issues or conditions, it's probably best to see your doctor regularly.