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Be your best self: Why you need an annual physical

Happy birthday! As you celebrate a new year of life, we encourage you to make time for your health, including good nutrition, regular physical activity and a yearly physical with a primary care physician.

  

Your doctor will assess your overall health with a full-body exam and run lab work using blood or urine samples to check your cholesterol, blood sugar, kidney function, liver function, and potassium, sodium and iron levels. He or she will also check your blood pressure and weight.

  

Your annual physical appointment is a good time to discuss:

  • Any health concerns or nagging symptoms

  • Family history of illness

  • Immunizations you may need, such as a flu shot or tetanus booster

  • Lifestyle changes you want to implement, such as dietary changes, a new exercise program or tobacco cessation

  • Screening exams you need based on your age and risk factors like a mammogram or colonoscopy

  • Referral to a specialist           
                           

Schedule your annual physical with a Piedmont primary care physician. Save time, book online.