Some people just never seem to get ill. If you're one of those lucky people who pretty much always feel in perfect health, chances are it's been some time since you visited a doctor. After all, why waste your GP's time when you feel absolutely fine?
It's common for people to feel sensitive to this concept of time-wasting. Doctors are busy people, and nobody wants to use up an appointment that could help someone who's feeling seriously unwell. But doctors are there to help, and they can do so in a number of ways even when you don't think you need them.
In fact, it's a good idea to get checked every now and again just to make sure everything is fine. Here are some of the reasons it's important to stay in close contact with your doctor.
Cholesterol is one of those things that's often discussed, but people don't bother to have theirs tested unless a problem develops. By having it checked every so often by a doctor, you can make adjustments to bring it down before it leads to serious health problems.
There are many contributing factors to high blood pressure, such as stress, diet and exercise levels. When blood pressure gets too high, you're at risk of strokes and other health issues, but, like cholesterol, it can be controlled if a doctor spots a problem.
Even if you don't think you're feeling the effects, you may not be getting enough sleep. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, a doctor can provide medication and advice to help you before it starts to catch up with you.
Body mass index
By taking your weight and height and any changing trends, a doctor can tell a lot about your general health level and risk factors for certain diseases. It's a very simple step that can be used as an effective way to improve your health and stave off illness.
If you're planning on starting a family, having fertility tests is a good start. People don't often consider seeing a doctor unless there's difficulty conceiving, but knowing beforehand can give you time to try things to improve the situation and save a lot of emotional upset. Even if you're not planning on kids in the near future, it's never a bad time to learn about ways to improve fertility.
Diet, drinking habits, smoking and exercise are all important factors in your future health. Whether or not you think there's room for improvement, having a discussion with your GP can highlight any problem areas and keep you up to date with potential risks. Your doctor can also help you with any of these areas if you want to make a change.