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Don’t just go to the doctor when you’re feeling sick. Regular doctor visits can prevent illness and disease, help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and find relief from common age-related issues.

Preventing Illness and Disease

A doctor’s visit is a great way to stay on top of your health. Although you may be feeling great now, it is important to receive any preventative tests and screenings as well as CDC-recommended immunizations to avoid illness.

As you age, your risk of developing certain diseases increases. So make sure you’re talking with your doctor about a plan to prevent any disease that is part of your family history or for which you are at high risk. Preventative screenings are important and include a colonoscopy for those over 50 to prevent colorectal cancer and annual mammograms for those over 40 to prevent breast cancer.

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

You can also consult your doctor about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by asking about diet, exercise and other lifestyle recommendations. These important topics usually don’t arise when you’re seeing the doctor to treat a specific ailment.

Eating healthy, staying active and avoiding risk factors for disease are an important part of living a healthy life. Your doctor can provide you with the resources and advice to help you avoid any unwanted health problems.

Treating Age-Related Issues

Aging also means that you may develop some common issues such as hormonal and vision changes.

Your doctor can help you treat these common issues instead of you having to suffer through them. There are a variety of treatment options for age-related issues, and you shouldn’t feel that you have to live with pain or discomfort.

If you haven’t visited your doctor in a while or are due for any preventative screenings, make an appointment. Your health should always be a top priority.

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Offering primary and specialty care under one roof, UCF Health treats patients age 16 and up in primary care and age 18 and up for specialty care. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Two locations are now open: the original in East Orlando at Quadrangle and University boulevards just blocks from the main UCF campus, and the newest one in Medical City at Narcoossee Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Information for both facilities can be found at, or call (407) 266-DOCS to schedule an appointment.

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