The amount of American adults seeing a physician annually to check on their overall health is declining annually. If you are guilty of not getting an annual physical and exam, and you haven't felt like you're in the best health as of late, it's time to make an appointment.
If you are feeling constantly tired, your body is changing, and you don't have the energy you used to, this isn't normal. Here are some of the things that you should talk with a general practice medical professional about.
Family History of Health Concerns
Call your parents, grandparents, and extended family members if needed to go through your family history. You want to know what health conditions and problems there have been in your lineage. There are many common and rare conditions that are passed through generations, and when you provide your physician with this information it can help them narrow down why you aren't feeling well, or encourage the medical expert to screen for certain risks.
If you don't have the energy to do things that keep you healthy and happy, like exercise and go out with friends, then your physical plagues are starting to affect your mental health and life overall. Talk with the physician about your:
- Sleeping patterns
- Activity levels
- Sex drive
- Work environment
The physician will look at what is going on with your life, how you're taking care of your body, and what your symptoms are, to determine why you have a decline in energy.
Healthy Life Plan
The physician can help you determine how to move forward with a healthier and more energetic life. First, it may be necessary to get some bloodwork done. The blood will be tested, and these things considered:
- Hormone levels
- Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
- White blood cell count
- Sugar levels
There will be different things the medical expert is looking for when testing your blood, based on your symptoms and family history.
Once your doctor is able to look at your labs and talk with you about your lifestyle, you can start working towards feeling your best. If you are concerned about losing weight and would like some assistance, this is something that you should talk about with your physician as well. You don't have to live your life exhausted every day, lacking the energy to live life to the fullest, so get an annual physical today.
For more info, contact a local family doctor.