Jan 02

Your 2019 Health Check List

Several times in the past we have suggested some New Year’s Resolutions that relate to health, especially to diet, exercise and weight control. This year we are suggesting a “2019 Health Check List” for the coming year.

    • Primary Care Doctor. If you are new to the area or do not have a primary care doctor for any reason, make it a 2019 priority to find one. Surgeons depend on primary care doctors for help and if you do not have one, it makes our job more difficult. We need a patient’s medical history to be sure we are making the best care decisions for them. Those records are often maintained and updated by primary care doctors.Our area has many part-time residents who may have a regular doctor ‘back home.’ Each year we also get thousands of new residents. If you are a new resident or spend any amount of time in the area, you should take the time to establish a relationship with a local primary care physician (an internist, general practitioner or family doctor).
    • Know Your Numbers. You almost surely know how much you weigh, but do you have any idea what your LDL, HDL and Triglyceride numbers are? Do you know what your resting pulse rate and blood pressure is (or what it should be)? Do you know your Body Mass Index (BMI)? Many people are all too aware of their waist size, but do you know how it relates to health risks? If you are at risk of developing diabetes, do you know your blood sugar levels or your “A1C” numbers.This is one of the reasons for regular visits to a primary care doctor. He or she can tell you which of those numbers you should be keeping in mind.
    • Immunizations. Immunizations are not just for children. There are many immunizations that adults should keep up to date. Do not let things like shingles vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine and flu vaccine go. Again, your primary care doctor is the one who can tell you when these and other immunizations are should be administered.
    • Annual Physical Exam. Ideally all adults should have a physical each year, but this becomes more important as you age. Routine physical exams help to manage your health and develop a relationship with your health care provider. They detect and prevent conditions like heart disease and diabetes, and provide important health screenings.
    • Pick a New Activity. Our blog articles have suggested a number of ways to improve health in the past. Here are some links to those past suggestions:

In the Daytona-Volusia area, yoga programs available at the Center for Health and Wellness provided by Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. The Center for Health and Wellness is committed to helping you achieve an optimal quality of life.  This service brings the most advanced equipment and wellness services to our patients in the Daytona-Volusia area. You can view some of their services by clicking The Center for Health and Wellness.

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