10 Routine Health Screenings You Can’t Ignore

general paractice bottom 2 When’s the last time you went to the doctor for a checkup? Research has shown that many people put off their important routine health screenings unless they’re feeling sick. But a visit to the doctor can help you identify life-threatening issues like cancer and heart disease early, even before symptoms become apparent. Below is a list of our top 10 recommended screenings, when they should be completed and what they are designed to do: 1. Routine Physical Exam (men and women) A routine physical should be done every 3 to 5 years until you are 40, then yearly afterwards. It should include a measurement of your Body Mass Index (BMI) and your blood pressure. 2. Cholesterol Screening (men and women) To help prevent heart disease or a stroke, you should have your cholesterol checked every 3 years beginning at age 20. A fasting lipoprotein profile is the most accurate type of cholesterol screening. It measures HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels.   Stethoscope and electrocardiogram. 3. Diabetes Screening (men and women) Your glucose levels should be checked every 3 years. If you are in a high-risk category, your doctor may recommend that you have them checked more frequently. 4. Blood Pressure Screening (men and women) Healthy adults with normal blood pressure should have their blood pressure checked at least every 1 to 2 years during a routine visit. Adults who are prehypertensive (120-139 and/or 80-89 mm Hg) should have their blood pressure checked as often as recommended by their doctor, or at least yearly. Adults with risk factors for heart or blood vessel disease may need to have their blood pressure checked more often. 5. Immunizations (men and women) No one likes getting shots, but they do serve a purpose. Be sure to get your annual flu shot, a tetanus booster every 10 years and a pneumonia shot once you reach age 65. dreamstime_xs_65928614   4. Prostate Cancer Screenings (men) In the early stages, prostate cancer does not typically have symptoms. This is why it is important to have a digital rectal exam and Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test starting at the age of 50. If you are in a high-risk group (African American men or those with a father, brother or son with prostate cancer), you should consider having the screenings at age 40. 5. Breast Self-Exam (women) This exam should be done monthly starting around age 20. By regularly examining your breasts, you are more likely to know what feels normal and what doesn't. Any variation in how your breasts look or feel should be reported immediately to your health care provider. general practice bottom   5. Mammogram (women) Every woman should receive a baseline mammogram at age 40 and follow-up mammograms every 1 to 2 years. At age 50, women should begin receiving yearly mammograms. 6. Pelvic Exam with Pap smear Test (women) This annual exam should be done by the age of 21 or within 3 years of the onset of sexual activity. 7. Bone Density Exam (women) A Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test should be considered in women 40 years old or older who have sustained a fracture; after minimal trauma; postmenopausal women under the age of 65 with risk factors (risk factors include being smoking, poor nutrition, low weight and alcoholism); and for all women beyond 65 years of age.       Do you think you need a health check? Click here for uniCare's Premium health checks Our health checks are designed to identify risk factors to enable early detection of disease. More than just a series of tests, these health checks are a complete assessment of your health. Our comprehensive action plan to modify your lifestyle will help you live a longer, healthier and happier life. Get a health check when you think you don’t need one.           Sources: http://uapclinic.com/health-related-news/17-routine-health-screenings-you-can-t-ignore http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-dehn/health-tests-for-women_b_3563738.html http://www.clark.com/health-tests-for-women-men-by-age

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