Between cookie baking, busy shopping trips and being with family, the holiday season can pass by in a blur. Through all the hustle and bustle, Wellstar health experts warn it can be all too easy to put off your wellness.
“During this hectic time of year, health may be the last thing on your mind. However, the best present you can give yourself is prioritizing your well-being,” said Dr. Umme Nur, internal medicine physician with Wellstar.
“Seeing your provider now can help you stay on track this season,” Dr. Nur explained. “It can also help you jumpstart your health goals in January and already have a care plan tailored to your needs.”
Start healthy habits
It’s easy to let your normal routines slip during this time of year. However, you can take small steps to stay on track every day.
- Eat right. It’s okay to indulge in holiday treats, but try to keep your main meals balanced with fruits and veggies.
- Don’t forget about fitness. Create a routine and stick to your exercise goals, even if it’s just a quick, 30-minute stroll.
- Catch some Z’s. Maintain an adequate sleep regimen to help your body rest, feel refreshed and ready for the day.
Check in on your well-being
Your physician will help you take charge of your health and create a personalized plan just for you. Because your PCP is a pro at preventative care, they’ll help keep you ahead of potential medical problems.
After your annual check-up, you’ll “know your numbers” for:
- Blood pressure. Taken with a simple arm cuff, a blood pressure test helps diagnose hypertension (high blood pressure), hypotension (low blood pressure), heart disease and other conditions.
- Blood glucose level. The amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood can indicate the onset of diabetes and an increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.
- Blood cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), often called “bad” cholesterol, can indicate clogged arteries which may lead to heart disease, heart attack or stroke.
- Body mass index (BMI). The body mass index (BMI) estimates human body fat, which may indicate an increased risk for heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes.
At your exam, be sure to bring up any health goals, such as weight loss or managing a chronic condition. Your provider will work with you to create a custom treatment plan for your unique needs.
Know your family history & take action
Depending on your gender, age and family history, your provider may also recommend other preventative tests to screen for diseases before they start, such as a mammogram or colonoscopy.
Your physician can also help you understand your potential health risks with:
- Know Your Heart screenings. Preventative heart screenings help determine your risk of heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions.
- Genetic risk assessment. Genetic testing is a tool to help people determine their hereditary risk of cancer and heart problems. This program also helps couples and expecting mothers with prenatal or preconception concerns.
Learn more about how having an established primary care provider can keep you well.