By Mike Ziman, CEO
You have many talents, but staying on top of your doctors’ visits and financial planning may not be one of them. We get it: You’re busy. Still, taking care of crucial appointments can actually save you time now and avoid a crisis later. Check these items off your to-do list and make 2016 your healthiest, most productive year yet.
Tips from Men’s Health® magazine (and these work for women, too!).
1. STOP DODGING THE DENTIST
Almost half of people go more than a year without getting their teeth cleaned, and adults are especially good at avoiding the dentist, says Men’s Health dentistry advisor Mark Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D. Why should you bother?
“If you wait too long, a small cavity will grow,” Dr. Wolff says. “Wait longer, and that tooth may become infected, causing swelling and terrible pain. In the end, you may need root canal, crowns, or the worst-case scenario: extraction.”
But all of that can be avoided if the decay is found early. You should typically see your dentist every 6 months, he says. Don’t have a dentist? Ask your local friends for theirs, Dr. Wolff suggests. Find out if the office is modern and clean and whether the dentist takes the time to talk about preventative care.
2. QUIZ YOUR PARENTS
Your mission for the next time you go home to see your folks: Get a detailed record of the health problems that seem to run in your family. “A family history provides valuable insight into your risk of disease and can be the foundation for advice about how to stay healthy,” says James O’Keefe, M.D., a professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.
Mike Ziman, CEO