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Get Your Yearly Check-up!! – I am a huge advocate of appropriate health screenings and yearly examinations. I am amazed everyday by 50 and 60 year olds that boast that they are on no medications, but haven’t been to a doctor “in years”. I hate to say it, this doesn’t mean their healthy, they usually just have their head in the sand. We are vigilant about taking our children to the doctor for their check ups, and we get excited to see how much of sweet infants weigh. I completely confess, it is not fun to get on a scale and I do not get the those warm fuzzies that I used to get when they weighed my children and measured their length; and sent me home with my updated measurements of sweet pea to put in her baby book. BUT, take the time to take care of yourself. So, what health screenings do you need and when?

 
Women – By the way, this list is cumulative
20’s – Before you are married or before you being having intercourse (whichever comes first) – Screening pap smear and breast exam. Once you start them, you need to have them yearly! Yearly blood pressure and heart rate – know your numbers and know what is normal. Begin monthly breast exams. If you don’t know how to do them, please let me know – I have an entire power point devoted to monthly breast exams. Be watching my blog, because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – I will be blogging about correct monthly breast self exams.

 
30’s – Add in your Yearly Total Cholesterol (you must be fasting, nothing to eat after midnight prior to this test – only black coffee and water the morning of), Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

 
40’s – Add in those things from your 20’s and 30’s, Now it is time for your first mammogram and should be at 40 years old, or earlier if you have a first degree family member with early onset breast cancer (this means mother and sister before the age of 50, check with your doctor if you have aunts or grandmothers with breast cancer history). Most insurances will pay for this without a referral. These should be yearly (regardless of what you have heard)!

 
50’s – At 50 years old you need to get your screening colonoscopy. This is really not that BIG of a deal. You only need 1 every 10 years. Honestly, the prep for the test is really the pain in the butt (no pun intended, bahahahaha), the test itself is a breeze. You are given sedation, YAY!!So you won’t remember anything about the actual test. Did you know: Colon cancer is usually a silent killer, once you begin having pain from it — it has gone too far.

Men (You’ve got it easy, if you ask me!)
20’s – Monthly Self-Testicular Exams – that is all I will say about that unless you need further details! 😉 Yearly blood pressure and heart rate – know your numbers and know what is normal.

 
30’s – Add in your Yearly Total Cholesterol (you must be fasting, nothing to eat after midnight prior to this test – only black coffee and water the morning of) and a Comprehensive Metabolic Profile.

 
40’s – Begin prostate exams at 40 and have a PSA drawn yearly – I mean really men, read our list – count your blessings, and go get your prostate’s examined!

 
50’s – At 50 years old you need to get your screening colonoscopy. This is really not that BIG of a deal. You only need 1 every 10 years. Honestly, the prep for the test is really the pain in the butt (no pun intended, bahahahaha), the test itself is a breeze. You are given sedation, YAY!! Colon cancer is usually a silent killer, once you begin having pain from it — it has gone too far.

So, tell me what hinders you from getting those yearly check-ups? I want to hear from you!!

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