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The Purpose of An Annual Physical Exam

After reading the two articles below, you will see clearly why an annual physical exam with screenings are necessary for you and all members of your family:

                    

Article #1 -  (CNN) Blood Pressure Medications Can Cause Cancer

Several common drugs that contain valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, have been recalled in the United States due to an "impurity" in the drug that poses a potential cancer risk.

That impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA, is classified as a probable human carcinogen, based on results from lab tests.

For more info click on the link below:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/19/health/valsartan-recall-explainer/index.html

 

Article #2  - Heavy Metals in Baby Food: What You Need to Know

Consumer Reports’ testing shows concerning levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead in many popular baby and toddler foods.  By Jesse Hirsch - August 16, 2018

For more info click on the link below:

https://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/heavy-metals-in-baby-food/

 

Medical Check Up

A physical examination helps your PCP (Primary Care Physician) to determine the

general status of your health. The exam also gives you a chance to talk to them about any ongoing pain or symptoms that you’re experiencing or any other health concerns that you might have.

A physical examination is recommended at least once a year, especially in people over the age of 50. These exams are used to:

  •        check for possible diseases so they can be treated early
  •        identify any issues that may become medical concerns in the future
  •        update necessary immunizations
  •        ensure that you are maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine
  •        build a relationship with your PCP

These exams are also a good way to check cholesterolblood pressure, and blood sugar levels. These levels may be high without you ever showing any signs or symptoms. Regular screening allows your PCP to treat these conditions before they become severe.  Your PCP may also perform a physical exam before a surgery or before beginning your treatment for a medical condition.

For more information click on the link below:

https://www.healthline.com/health/physical-examination#preparation