The start of a new year is a great time to commit to taking better care of your health. If you have decided to do so, not smoking is the most important thing you can do for your wellbeing.
Eating a balanced diet, staying physically active and getting to a healthy weight are also key.
The next steps include getting a yearly check-up. This way, your doctor can order preventive tests and labs according to your age, sex, health conditions, and history.
Ask your doctor which of the following preventive tests and measures are recommended for you:
- Total cholesterol and HDL– It is important to check your cholesterol more frequently after age 45.
- Blood pressure– Blood pressure should be checked at least every two years.
- Weight and body mass index (BMI).
- Get all recommended vaccines.
- Mammography and Pap smear, if you’re a woman.
- Prostate exam, if you are man.
- Colonoscopyis recommended from age 50, or earlier if you have risk factors.
- Screening for type 2 diabetes.
- Test of glycated hemoglobin if you have diabetes.
- Comprehensive eye exam with dilation.
- Glaucoma detection test.
- Testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
- Kidney function test.
Take control of your health and take good care of yourself in 2017!
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