What lifestyle changes should I make?
This is a broad (but essential) category that can encompass everything from stress management, to diet, to sleeping habits. Talk to your doctor about any issues that are concerning you specifically and ask for actionable plans for long-term changes you can implement in your life. Lifestyle changes can be wide-ranging and quite drastic, depending on circumstance, so it's essential to have a plan on how to proceed.
Can you screen me for STIs?
If you're sexually active, STI screening should be a regular part of your healthy lifestyle. It's possible to be carrying an STI and be entirely asymptomatic, thereby putting your partner(s) at risk. Don't forget to talk to your doctor about your sexual history and request an STI screen.
Am I due for any vaccines?
While you'll receive most critical vaccines in your childhood, there are certain ages and circumstances where you'll need additional shots to prevent illness. If you're pregnant, it's likely you'll need specific vaccinations to protect you and your child. Individuals that are 65 and older require vaccinations for pneumococcal and shingles.
Additionally, make sure you alert your doctor if you have any plans on travelling internationally - as many global destinations require specific immunisations. Even if you fall outside of these age brackets, aren't pregnant, and don't plan on travelling - it can never hurt to be up-to-date on your flu shot. Plus, AIA Vitality members can claim up to 1,000 AIA Vitality Points for providing proof of attendance for certain vaccinations.
How's my blood pressure?
You need to keep an eye on your blood pressure because it's a reliable indicator of future health problems. If your blood pressure is too high, you're putting additional strain on your heart as it pumps blood through your arteries. While this can cause serious health issues (including increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke) it's not a condition that necessarily presents outwardly - so asking for a blood pressure check should be at the top of your list.
When should I make a follow-up appointment?
It's easy to let the months slip by and before you know it, it's been a year since you've last scheduled a check-up. At the end of your appointment, ask your doctor if you need to follow up on any of the matters discussed in the short term and when you should schedule your next general check-up.