How Often Should I See a Doctor? Many people have different opinions about how often you should see a doctor. Some insurances cover an annual exam, while others don’t. Some people have health issues and medical conditions, while some don’t. Everyone is different so it’s important to know when and how often you should visit your primary care physician.
With some insurances, an annual physical is covered. If that’s the case for you, you should take advantage of it and see your doctor more regularly. Seeing your doctor on a regular basis ensures you are up to date on all your vaccinations and testing, checks your vitals to make comparisons as you get older, builds a relationship with your physician, and helps detect early signs of certain medical conditions. Some people think that if they feel good then they don’t need to see a doctor; however, scheduling a check-up with your doctor is a great way to make sure you are staying healthy.
There are a lot of factors that play into how often you should visit your PCP including: age, gender, medical history, and family history. We’ll explore each of those categories individually so you can make the best determination for yourself.
Your age is one of the biggest influences on how often you should see a doctor. The older you become, the more health risks you are prone to. In general, those under the age of 30 are considered to be pretty healthy and don’t need to see their physician as often – maybe only when experiencing illness and for a check-up every few years. Those 30-40 years old will need more frequent (annual) medical exams to screen for any early signs of diseases and conditions. Those 50 and older will need frequent physicals and additions exams including colonoscopies.
Whether you’re male or female, there are going to be different circumstances to which you’ll need to visit your doctor. For women, a women’s health exam and pap smear is suggested for pre-screening cervical cancer every three years starting when you are 21. As you get older, you’ll need other examinations including a mammogram and breast exam.
For older men, prostate exams are recommended to pre-screen for prostate cancer.
Let’s say you are in your mid-twenties but have a diagnosed medical condition such as diabetes, you should visit your doctor more often than someone with no known health conditions. It’s important that given your medical history, you take the right measures to ensure your health and safety in the future.
Not many people know that their genetics play a role in the development of certain medical conditions. If you have a known condition that runs in your family, it’s important to get regular testing and check-ups. Early signs and diagnoses typically lead to better treatment and results for the patient.
Still unsure of when to see your doctor? Call your local PCP at Wendover Primary Care and we’d be happy to direct you and get you scheduled for your next check-up.