Here’s how millennials are changing health care for everyone

So you’re a millennial and still feel pretty invincible, right? Good, so now is the time to find a doctor before things start getting ugly. Think of your body like a car, it’s an investment that requires routine check ups, maintenance and care. Without that, it’s going to break down and cost a lot more in the long run.

To find out what you should know about your health, we talked to two family physicians at Renown Health: Dr. Stephanie Stutz D.O. and Sarah Teixeira, advanced practitioner of nursing.

So what do you need to know?

Go to the doctor right now

Dr. Stutz and Teixeira both emphasized finding a primary care doctor and getting checked up before you get sick. Getting set up with family histories and standard check up schedules will do more to help address diet and wellness than waiting until things go south.

“It’s a lot better to come in early than when there’s a whole laundry list of things they need to start whittling away at,” Dr. Stutz said. “I try to dangle the carrot that you want to stay active now so you can still be active and stay independent when you’re 80.”

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