A new study from Europe has found that people who regularly had check-ups weren't actually any healthier than people who didn't.
The long-term study involved 182,880 people, so with that significant sample size, the results are pretty reliable.
The study looked mainly at deaths from heart disease or cancer, the two most commonly assessed ailments during check-ups.
After looking at the data, the researchers were unable to find any differences in hospital admissions, disability, specialist referrals, more doctors visits or time taken off work.
The lead researcher said:
"From the evidence we’ve seen, inviting patients to general health checks is unlikely to be beneficial. One reason for this might be that doctors identify additional problems and take action when they see patients for other reasons."
Looks like doctors are going to need to find a better balance between how often a person should have a check-up and how intense the treatment of any early ailments should be.
We're not suggesting not going to the doctors ever again, because more research is needed.
Hopefully they can work this out so they can just tell us what to do!
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