doctor talking to a patient about general health and hearing aids

Anyone else remember singing that song as a kid? As a heathcare provider, it reminds me that we need to take care of our whole body, from top to bottom. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.

When was the last time you had a physical?

It is important to see your physician once a year. If you don’t have one, now is a good time to establish a relationship. You may feel great, but bloodwork along with a physical examination can detect hidden problems that may require attention. Early diagnosis and treatment always affords the best outcomes.

Your eyes should be checked at least every two years.

An eye exam is an important part of health maintenance. Schedule a time to see your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. Make sure that your vision is corrected to it’s best and that if there are any underlying problems, these are addressed early.

Seeing a dentist regularly helps to prevent future problems.

We are always surprised how many people do not schedule to see a dentist on an ongoing basis. Preventative dental care may require frequent appointments but prevention comes at a lesser cost than replacing teeth with implants or dentures.

Your feet deserve care.

We take our feet for granted. Feet carry the weight of your body, help you balance, and allow for your mobility. Schedule an appointment to see a Podiatrist if your feet hurt or, if you experience any numbness or tingling. Foot pain can be treated.

Ears are most often ignored.

A loss of hearing is invisible. Changes in hearing is usually a gradual process and most of the time, we are the last to know. Untreated hearing loss can lead to isolation, depression and cognitive decline. If you are over 50 and haven’t had a baseline hearing test, schedule one.

Be good to yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? Cheers to a healthy 2021.