Annual health screenings are important to stay healthy

Routine health exams don't have to take long and are the first line defense for a healthy life.

Doctors say it's important for patients, especially women, to take the time to get their annual checkup.

The routine exams don't have to take long and are the first line defense for a healthy life, but many women put themselves last in the long list of responsibilities.

Jodi Netley said her doctor checks her blood pressure and everything else which can include a breast and pelvic exam.

"You have work responsibilities and wife responsibilities and children responsibilities and we'll put ourselves on the back burner," said Dr. Danielle Hay an OB/GYN.

Hay also goes over more than just a patient's vital signs all with the goal of helping a woman's wellness for the future.

"There are a lot of different preventative things we can talk about in an annual exam. And, so if you don't go or forget to go or if you don't think your health is important enough to go, a lot of things can be missed," said Hay.

Doctors say exercising for thirty minutes a day and eating a mostly plant-based diet while being careful about your intake of animal fats. This will help make your annual screening a positive experience, but most importantly to keep you healthy.

Netley takes these things to heart, making sure she doesn't skip her doctor's annual advice.

"I try to mark it on my calendar and now you know with technology and smart phones I put a reminder on my phone to say your yearly is due," said Netley.

Happily, this year Netley got the prognosis she wanted to hear.

Copyright 2016 KING


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