Why You Should Start the New Year with a Physical Exam

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Why You Should Start the New Year with a Physical Exam

It’s a brand new year, and for many people, that means it’s time to make resolutions focused on leading a better life in the upcoming months. New Year’s resolutions might seem like a modern-day activity, but actually, people have been making pledges and promises to welcome the year for at least 4,000 years.

Back then, many resolutions had to do with appeasing the gods, but today, our resolutions take a different twist. For many people, health improvements are at the top of their resolution lists, and one of the best ways to make those dreams come true is by beginning with a physical exam.

In Lakeland, Florida, Sergio B. Seoane, MD, offers comprehensive physical exams focused on identifying existing health issues and helping patients establish lifestyle behaviors to support their overall wellness. Here, learn why starting your year with an annual exam is important for your health and well-being.

Benefits of a New Year’s physical

One of the best reasons to have a physical at the start of the year is because it establishes baseline values for vital signs, like your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol and glucose levels. These baselines can help Dr. Seoane spot subtle, early signs of diseases or health conditions, like heart disease or diabetes, so you can receive treatment and begin critical preventive care.

A New Year physical also helps you set realistic expectations about your health and take meaningful steps to achieve health-related goals. For instance, if you want to lose weight, quit smoking, or just lead a healthier life, Dr. Seoane will work with you to establish “mini goals” to help you achieve your goals successfully (and reap the healthy benefits).

The new year is also a great time to make sure you’re up to date with health screenings and vaccinations based on your risk factors, like your age or medical history. Taking these steps at the same time every year ensures you’re always “caught up,” and it also provides a record that can be compared from one year to the next.

Finally, scheduling your annual physical at the beginning of the year establishes a very important healthy habit that’s easier to remember next year and every year thereafter. It’s also a great time to ask questions and plan out your health-related goals with the guidance of a skilled doctor.

What to expect during your exam

Physical exams begin with a quick update of your personal medical record. Be sure we have a current list of all your medications and any supplements you take regularly. Be ready to provide brief information about any health issues or hospitalizations you’ve had over the past year.

Next, we take your weight and measure your blood pressure. These simple measurements provide a wealth of information about your health and can help you avoid serious medical problems in the future.

Dr. Seoane performs a series of evaluations , including checking your ears and listening to your lungs and your heart. He may recommend blood tests, urine tests, or other screenings based on your unique risk factors, including your age and your gender.

Finally, he uses your updated health information to recommend proactive, preventive care and treatments, including immunizations, additional screenings, and lifestyle changes to help you reduce your risk factors, prevent disease, and enjoy optimal health and wellness. He’s also ready to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you might have, including concerns about stress, depression, and other mental health issues.

Schedule your physical today

Your physical exam serves as a “jumping-off point” for your healthy New Year’s resolutions, and it also provides you with the important information you need to make healthy choices every day of the year. To schedule your New Year’s physical exam, call 863-644-2204 or request an appointment online with Dr. Seoane today.