You shouldn't think of your doctor only when you're not feeling well. He or she also can provide preventive services to help you stayhealthy.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests you discuss these preventive services with your doctor:
- General screenings or tests, which could indicate problems before they become serious.
- Regular monitoring of your weight and blood pressure.
- Advice about topics such as preventing accidents, managing stress, maintaining a healthy weight, following a healthy diet, exercising and avoiding smoking.
- Vaccinations to help prevent various diseases.