We assess all sorts of things everyday. How’s the stock market? How’s the car running? What’s the weather planning for us today?
But when was the last time you looked at how your own engine is running? It’s time to do a personal health assessment to get a look at your health profile.
There are screenings that are recommended at certain ages that will tell you what your health profile is looking like, so you can take an active role in reducing your risk for disease.
What you need to be checked for and when:
Have your Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated to screen for obesity. This should be done regularly at any age. You can also calculate your own. If you'd like to learn more, click here for information about our free non-surgical or surgical weight loss seminars.
Get checked regularly starting at age 45, or if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of heart disease, or if you smoke.
Get checked at least every 2 years, but more frequent checks can show a more accurate average. High blood pressure is considered at 140/90 or higher.
Get screened starting at age 50. Your doctor can help you decide which test is right for you. If there is a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to be tested earlier.
Get tested for diabetes if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol or a family history.
Emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Talk to your doctor about being screened for depression if you’re feeling ‘down’, sad or hopeless for more than 2 weeks.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases including Chlamydia and HIV:
If you’re sexually active and have had unprotected sex. Talk to your doctor about which tests would be appropriate for your situation.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm:
If you’re between the ages of 65 and 75 and have smoked more than 100 cigarettes in your lifetime.
This is a decision that should be made between you and your doctor. Some believe, yearly screenings starting at age 40, if there is a family history or if you’re African American. Yearly screenings starting at age 50, if you don’t have either risk factor.
It’s time for you to take a look at yourself in a whole new light. Do it for yourself. Do it for your loved ones. Your primary care physician can help you decide which tests are right for you.