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Annual Checkups and Your Health

Find out why visiting your doctor once a year is important for everyone.

When was the last time you saw your doctor for a checkup? We know that the pandemic kept many people from getting the care they deserve, including annual checkups; however, these checkups are not to be missed. Through these visits, our Austin, TX, doctors Dr. Paul Keinarth and Dr. Kelly Alberda of Margolin, Keinarth & Alberda Family Health Center can detect problems early and provide simpler and less invasive treatment options.

Here are some of the reasons to schedule an annual checkup with our Austin, TX, family doctors today,

Understand Your Health Baseline 

By seeing our team when you are healthy rather than once you’re sick, we can establish baseline readings for everything from your heart rate and blood pressure to cholesterol levels. After all, numbers can fluctuate, and it’s important to know yours and whether they are typical for you (everyone is different). Of course, these numbers may also change if you take certain medications, so make sure to bring a list of your prescription medications and supplements.

Catch Health Problems Early 

Along with taking your vitals and performing a physical examination, our team will also take blood. Bloodwork is a crucial part of the annual checkup. It allows us to measure everything from blood cell count (to pinpoint infection or inflammation) and blood sugar levels to cholesterol and low hormone levels. We can detect many health problems, both minor and potentially more serious, during these simple, non-invasive checkups. Everything from vitamin deficiencies and high blood pressure to heart murmurs and diabetes can be discovered at your next annual checkup.

Knowing is Key to Health 

Unfortunately, many people would rather stay in the dark about potential health problems. They worry about high cholesterol or the possibility of getting diabetes just like their mom or dad did, and they put off these visits. But this is a bad idea. By coming in once a year for these checkups, we can not only provide you with preventive measures you should be taking to safeguard against potential health problems; we can also catch problems early on when they are far simpler to treat and may even be reversible. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your health. Once you know what’s going on, you can take steps to protect yourself.

Getting the Appropriate Screenings 

As we get older, we are more at risk for developing certain health problems, from cancer to osteoporosis. By turning to our team once a year, we can recommend additional screenings based on your health and age. These screenings may include a colonoscopy or mammogram, which could save your life.

If it’s time to schedule your next annual checkup with our Austin, TX, physicians, call Dr. Paul Keinarth and Dr. Kelly Alberda of Margolin, Keinarth & Alberda Family Health Center at (512) 459-9889 today.

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