May is Women’s Health Month, which serves as an important reminder to prioritize your health and well-being. If you are struggling with obesity or have undergone bariatric surgery, it is crucial to support your health by scheduling regular check-ups and receiving medical care. Here are three essential annual doctor appointments you should make:
Primary Care Physician (PCP)
It is important to have a PCP who can assist you in managing your overall health and well-being. This doctor will be your main point of contact for routine check-ups, screenings and vaccinations. They can also help you manage chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, which often accompany obesity. Your PCP will also help you identify any potential health risks and develop a personalized plan to manage your weight and improve your health.
A registered dietitian specializing in weight management is an invaluable resource for individuals struggling with obesity. These healthcare professionals specialize in helping people improve their nutrition and manage their weight through healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes. A registered dietitian can help you identify the right foods for your individual needs, develop a personalized meal plan and make healthy choices when dining out. They can also assist you in addressing any underlying issues related to food, such as emotional eating or food addiction. If you have undergone bariatric surgery, it is critical to see a dietitian annually to ensure you are consuming the necessary foods and vitamin supplements for optimal well-being.
For some individuals struggling with obesity, bariatric surgery may be a suitable option for weight-loss. If you are considering bariatric surgery, it is important to consult with a bariatric specialist who can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as the available types of surgery. They can also help you prepare for surgery and manage the recovery process. If you have already undergone bariatric surgery, it is recommended to follow up with your bariatric surgical center annually for lab tests and screenings to detect any unseen long-term complications.
Important Health Screenings
In addition to these three appointments, there are several other important health screenings and tests that you should regularly schedule. These may include:
- Blood pressure and cholesterol screenings
- Blood sugar tests for diabetes
- Mammograms and pap smears for breast and cervical cancer
- Bone density tests for osteoporosis
Remember, taking care of your health is an ongoing process, and it is crucial to be proactive in seeking medical care and support. By prioritizing these appointments, you can take control of your health and improve your overall well-being.
When selecting a healthcare provider, it is important to find the right fit. You should feel safe and comfortable with them, rather than ashamed or fearful. If you haven’t found a provider that resonates with you or if you have recently relocated, you can check out Obesity Care Providers, powered by the Obesity Action Coalition, for a list of providers in your area.