Even if you consider yourself to be a healthy person, you should still take a yearly routine visit to see your doctor. Annual wellness visits are crucial to ensuring that you are maintaining proper health. Our bodies don’t always show noticeable signs of sickness, so it is important to visit your doctor to help make sure that you are as healthy on the inside as you feel on the outside. A lot can happen in a year – moving houses, changing jobs, having a child, etc. All of these things can affect us physically and mentally without us even knowing it. Heightened stress levels can weaken your immune system and conditions can present themselves as a result. Unfortunately, many people wait until it is too late to seek help when minor symptoms present themselves. Age and heredity are also factors. Many hereditary conditions don’t show symptoms until later on in life. For example, if you have a family history of bad cholesterol, you will want to have your cholesterol checked by your doctor annually to make sure that it is not deteriorating. We often like to refer to annual wellness visits as “preventative maintenance visits.” We call them that because they allow us to regularly check for signs of a possible developing condition, which allows for early treatment and can prevent further damage to the body. Remember, regular check-ups are designed to keep you healthy. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call Wellness Medicine today at (678) 479-1234 to set up your annual wellness visit!