Report: Yearly physical 'meaningless' for healthy
New study suggests different approach
- Duration 3:08
- Date Oct 28, 2012
New study suggests different approach
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And back now assigned a house call you know that some people go to the doctor for a checkup once a year.
But in his study suggests a different approach claiming that they're actually has little benefit to the annual exam on healthy people doctor Siegel I -- someone I mean golden.
Every six months and they feel better doing that what about this once year.
Well our first I wanna what I wanna burst the bubble -- -- this comes from something called the Cochran library and we've talked about it here before on the show.
There's a Ph.D.
student over in Denmark that looked at a 183000.
Patients looking over.
Many decades to see whether the yearly physical actually benefited them or not.
And they concluded it didn't and it didn't make them less worried it didn't make them go to the doctor more.
It -- overall it didn't actually help the long term health or death rates so that's good information but I wanna burst -- bubble on this because in daily practice.
There are other things here that are important -- studies didn't look at smoking.
They then look at the fact that you actually lower your cholesterol in your blood pressure by going at least once a year to the doctor.
I don't to -- yearly physicals in my practice.
I follow patients regularly but the yearly physical may help me to bring somebody back in that I haven't seen all year.
So that's how I look at it if I haven't seen someone.
And they're suffering from regular medical health problems I want to be able to help them.
If on CNN regularly they don't -- -- -- physical with the following a diabetic I may see them every three or four months or check their blood sugar all do would be -- along the way.
But what about things like vaccines what about things like cholesterol testing.
What about things like blood pressure testing screening test for smokers you have to see a patient at least once a year.
You know I can spread it out over the year but if I haven't seen the -- -- -- It's not -- doctors and I had -- look at it like it's just taking a car.
You know once a year at least I wanna go into at least once a year if you're -- are gonna get cancer or tumor.
-- or something now whittled whittled the spelling auditorium to burst the bubble -- -- hunter ended the inning.
Really -- -- -- and look at you should see your doctor doctor regularly.
The truth is that Jamie you're absolutely right look where living longer and longer because the medical doctors are taking care of the heart issues.
But I've been a big advocate of prevention I think it's excellent to get a baseline.
Physical exam -- there the -- -- you haven't that you have that for yourself.
Now if you're absolutely healthy and there are no.
Medical issues it's okay to -- few years and to go to every four years we're not talking about screaming we're just talking about physical exam that includes.
He KG's all the blood tests etc.
if you're fine.
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You should do on a regular basis of following your doctor's advice and that's really really important -- I want sudden pop up and shook -- -- watching don't want like no that's true sir I kind view him as doctors sometimes.
We tend to be more.
Overdoing it and be a little more over cautious -- you gonna take case by case a patient by patient.
There's enough things for us to be checking so that we have to be checking patients regularly from the PSA to the call and ask to be to the mammogram to that -- -- all of these things require regular follow up -- and since -- October let's mentioned self exam for breast -- to allow.