If you feel healthy, you may be tempted to skip an annual exam with a primary care specialist.
However, more happens during a primary care visit than simply running through a series of tests to verify your health or identify problems.
At Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center in Allen, Texas, our medical professionals are dedicated to your long-term health. Following are some reasons why regular exams with a primary care specialist help you stay healthy, fit, and vital for life.
A primary care specialist establishes your baseline
Even if you feel healthy now, you may develop problems or concerns as you age or encounter stressors. By establishing a baseline of your current health status through tests and exams, your primary care specialist can better identify when something is “off.”
Each individual has their own “normal.” That’s why it’s essential to find out what is normal for you when you’re feeling at your best, so we can more easily identify the factors that may be involved when an issue arises.
As an example, men who test within “normal” ranges for the hormone testosterone (T) may still exhibit symptoms of low T. If we establish that your baseline is higher than average when you’re young and fit, when it shifts downward during the aging process, we may advise hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to resolve symptoms — even if the tests read “normal.”
Primary care catches problems early
The sooner we identify a problem, the easier it is to fix it. That’s why we recommend annual physical exams as well as urine and blood tests to ensure all of your organs are functioning as they should.
Many serious diseases, including lupus and diabetes, may not exhibit symptoms at first. However, if your tests show your kidneys or liver are compromised, or if your blood sugar levels are dangerously high, we begin treatment and lifestyle adjustments immediately.
We offer or may refer you for screening tests that identify cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. We also keep tabs on when you should begin various cancer screenings and how often to repeat them based on your age and risk factors, so you don’t have to worry about missing an essential screening.
A primary care specialist coordinates care
Eventually, you may need a variety of specialists on your health care team, whether due to pregnancy, issues with aging, a medical condition, or the result of an accident. Your primary care specialist is the organizational hub for all of your health care and can ensure your specialists communicate with each other.
We also keep records of your health, including medications that you currently take or may have taken in the past. These can be shared with other members of your care team to ensure you receive therapies appropriate for your personal, familial, and medical history.
A primary care specialist treats your illnesses
When you’re not feeling your best, the last thing you want to do is search for a local doctor or medical center to treat you. By establishing a relationship with us, you always know where to turn if you have a sore throat, infection, or trouble sleeping. We are the first step on your way back to health.
A primary care specialist builds your health
Preventing disease through lifestyle and nutritional adjustments is just as essential as identifying and treating medical conditions early. We help you build a nutritious diet that sustains the health of your cells, gives you energy, and keeps you strong.
If you need to lose weight for medical or personal reasons, we help you do that, too. We also provide anti-aging services, including intravenous infusions that boost your health and aid your cells in optimal function.
A primary care specialist is your partner
When you choose one of our primary care specialists, you build a relationship that can last a lifetime. It’s easier to call a trusted care team member when you have a concern, such as a possible sexually transmitted disease (STD), than it is to reach out to a stranger. We’re here for you.
Create the hub of your health care team by seeing us for an annual exam and primary care today. Call us at 214- 383-7411. You can also use our online form at your convenience.