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Preventative Health Screenings in your 40s

Being a caregiver, it comes with the territory that you are more focused on putting someone else’s health before your own. Neglecting your own health, however, is never a good idea. Even if you feel entirely healthy, you should not forgo participating in regular check-ups for potential problems.

Don’t rob yourself of your health, allow your doctor to check for common risk factors for people in their 40s. Most people who have high blood pressure aren’t even aware that they have it. The only way to find out is to check your blood pressure regularly. Ask your doctor to screen for:

 

  • Blood pressure: You should have your blood pressure checked every two years unless its 120-139/80-89, then you should have it checked every year. It is common for your blood pressure to rise, but it can be lowered through diet, exercise and medication. Lowering your blood pressure is the key to longevity.
  • Blood sugar: If you haven’t always had the best eating habits, you may have overworked your pancreas. This can lead to diabetes. At the age of 45 you should begin getting a fasting blood sugar test every three years.
  • Eye Exam: Until you reach the age of 60 doctors recommend getting your eyes checked every two years for common problems like presbyopia, glaucoma and macular degneration.
  •  Cholesterol: One is five Americans has high cholesterol, which has been linked to heart attack and stroke – these diseases claim a life every 33 seconds.
  • Immunizations: Doctors recommend getting a flu vaccine every year and a tetanus-diphtheria every ten years.
  • Dental Exam: Visit your dentist every year for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Preventative Health: Until you reach the age of 50 you should check your height and weight, and screen for alcohol and tobacco use and depression every every two years. After 50 you should have these looked at every year.

Give yourself the gift that keeps on giving by putting your health first. Being a caregiver adds additional stress to your body, making yearly exams that much more important.

* As with all medical suggestions and advice, you should be sure to consult your personal physician for recommendations as they pertain to your care and not rely on material provided herein.

How Healthy Are You? Preventative Screening Series

How Healthy Are You? Preventative Screening Series

It has often been said that when it comes to the quality of your life, your health is your greatest wealth. Do you know how healthy you are? It is never too early (or too late) to assess your overall wellness and take the proper preventative measures to prepare your body for the upcoming decades of your life. The following series will help clue you into the health screenings you should be undergoing at every age, regardless of whether you are a caregiver, a care recipient, or the loved one of either.

Preventative Health Screenings in your 20s and 30s

Doctors are the greatest asset to detecting early problems within your body. Although 20 and 30 year-olds may feel as though they are in the prime of their life, the best time to make sure everything is exactly as it should be is when you are not experiencing health-related problems. Early detection is key. Here is a list of the basic tests men and women should ask for:

  • Blood pressure: Having your blood pressure measured is completely painless and only takes a few minutes to ensure your organs aren’t suffering any damage.
  • Weight assessment: Nobody likes to step on the scales, but making sure your weight is under control puts you at a lower risk of developing a number of diseases later in life.
  • Cholesterol test: Finding out your cholesterol numbers are crucial to your overall health. Once you hit the age of 20 it is your responsibility to know your cholesterol and get it checked out every five years.
  • Skin check: You might not notice or be able to see subtle changes within the moles on your body. Ask your doctor for a thorough skin examination to locate any unusual developments.
  • Checking your immunizations: Consult with your doctor to verify that you are up to date with all of your immunizations.
  • Depression: If you are experiencing persistent sad, anxious or empty moods, you may be showing signs of depression. Women are twice as likely to develop clinical depression as men. Confide in your doctor if you think you may be experiencing symptoms.
  • For women only: Women should undergo a yearly clinical breast exam, in addition to a pelvic exam and Pap smear every one to three years. Undergoing these routine exams will aid in protecting you from certain cancers and diseases that can cause infertility.
  • For men only: Men should undergo a testicular exam every year. Testicular cancer is the number one cancer in young men and can be cured with early detection.

Attending routine visits with your doctor may only take an hour or two out of your day, but can add years to your life. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have a clean bill of health during all of life’s stages.

* As with all medical suggestions and advice, you should be sure to consult your personal physician for recommendations as they pertain to your care and not rely on material provided herein.