Wellness Exam

A wellness exam is not a basic physical exam. It is at the core of preventive medicine. At our Beverly Hills medical office, some of the top doctors in Los Angeles perform wellness exams to improve your health and prevent disease before it even happens. Booking an appointment at our office for such an exam on an annual basis is the first step to change the rest of your life for the better.

What is a wellness exam?

Unlike an annual physical exam, a wellness exam doesn’t include physical examination or routine blood testing. Instead it revolves more around future plans to protect your health from potential medical problems. Based on your current health status and existing risk factors, your physician will create a health plan to prevent illness and improve your lifestyle. This personalized plan will provide guidelines covering aspects of your lifestyle such as nutrition, fitness, and mental health.

What to expect

There’s no special preparation needed for wellness exams. To get the most of this exam, you just need to be ready to talk about your lifestyle openly and share your medical history with your physician.
Before your physician begins the exam, you will be handed a form to fill out. This form is a questionnaire to find out more about the current state of your health. You will be expected to answer questions about your healthcare providers, home safety, any physical or mental problems you face in your daily life, as well as tobacco and alcohol consumption.
When you come in for your wellness exam, your physician will do the following:

  • Measure your height, weight, temperature, and blood pressure– these measurements can provide a wholesome picture of your overall health
  • Calculate your BMI– BMI values are used to determine your body fat and subsequently reveal how good or bad your current diet and fitness plan is
  • Learn about your personal and family medical history– your physician will use this information to identify risk factors for diseases like cardiovascular conditions, cancer, and other hereditary disorders
  • Go through a list of the medications you currently use – reviewing your drug use will help your physician get a better idea of the efficiency of your treatments and adjust any doses, if necessary
  • Screen for vision and hearing disabilities– it’s important to detect early signs of visual or auditory issues because they can be causes of disability in the future
  • Screen for neurocognitive disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease – depending on your family history, assessing risk factors for neurocognitive disease will aid in creating a personalized plan to modify your risk for developing these conditions, thereby protecting you on the long run
  • Screen for mental disorders such as depression and anxiety – mental health is an important aspect of every healthy lifestyle so your physician will ask you about any mental or emotional problems you have
  • Schedule appointment for routine screenings– screenings for important conditions including various types of cancer as well as cardiovascular disease and infections is carried out at different points every year to make sure you’re not at risk

Your physician will also discuss your lifestyle choices with you then provide his or her medical advice about the steps you should take to optimize your health status. This advice can include exercise, weight loss, quitting smoking, seeking therapy, better sleep, and a personalized diet plan.

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