dreamstime_7666152Can you believe that we’ve already made it to August? It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year, promising ourselves that would accomplish everything we needed to in the coming months. Now, with only four months left before 2017, you may want to start thinking about anything you may have forgotten to do so far this year. One of the things you may have been putting off is making appointments for certain health checkups, particularly with your gastroenterologist. In case you need that extra push, however, check out the best reasons you should make an appointment at West Gastroenterology Medical Group in Los Angeles before the new year below!

You turned 50 this yearScreenshot_12

Fifty is definitely a milestone in general and also where your health is concerned. Having regular colonoscopies once you reach this age is imperative if you want to stay informed about your health and ensure that you don’t have anything to worry about. If you haven’t had a colonoscopy since you turned 50, it’s time to schedule one.

You have a chronic condition

If you have a chronic condition like celiac disease, Crohn’s disease or hepatitis C, you should absolutely be seeing your gastroenterologist once a year at the very least. This is even more of a concern if you have noticed changes in the symptoms your condition causes you.

You’ve been ignoring an issue

Many people have very high tolerances to pain. This is especially true if they are not fans of visiting their doctor’s office. However, if you have been tolerating pain or discomfort in your stomach over the last couple of months, it’s time to get it checked out. This includes symptoms like hemorrhoids, constipation, diarrhea and more.

At West Gastroenterology Medical Group, we know how to handle a myriad of issues that involve your stomach, intestines and more. If you have yet to see your gastroenterologist in 2016, make an appointment with West Gastro before the year ends. You will feel better knowing what is happening inside your body and finding solutions for whatever it is, if anything that is causing you discomfort.