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Your New Year Health Checklist

Find a DoctorRegular annual checkups can be an important way for you to stay proactive about your health. Many physicians recommend yearly appointments even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. These appointments can vary depending on your age, sex, and risk factors. Use our New Year Health Checklist as a guide to scheduling your yearly appointments. To be certain which appoints you need to schedule each year, you should talk to your primary care or family doctor.

New Year Health Checklist:

In your Twenties:

  • Annual physical. During this exam a doctor may check your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, cholesterol, thyroid functions and perform a urine test.
  • Pap smear. For women over 21 years of age, a Pap smear test every two years is recommended. This is also a good time to get tested for any STDs.
  • Dental Checkup. You should make it a routine to see your dentist for a cleaning and exam every 6 months. This can greatly increase your mouth health and help monitor for gum disease, decay, and cancers.
  • Eye exam. If you do not have current eyesight troubles, this exam can be spaced out to every two years. If you already have eyesight problems, your exams should be annual.

In your Thirties to Forties:

  • Dental exam every 6 months.
  • Eye exam every year for those with eyesight problems and every two years for others.
  • Cholesterol test. Consult your physician after your first test. You may be able to go every three years after.
  • Mammogram. The risk of breast cancer goes up with age. Starting between 35-40 years of age, it is recommended that you get a baseline screening and then discuss yearly exams with your physician.

In your Fifties and Older:

  • Dental exam every 6 months.
  • Eye exam every year for those with eyesight problems, every two years for others.
  • Prostate Exam. Men starting at the age of 50 should talk to their physician about prostrate exams, especially for those who may be considered high-risk due to family history or other factors.
  • Colonoscopy. This test can be done starting at 50 years of age, and then about every 5-10 years after. Talk to your doctor about the right time for you to have this test.

In addition to these checkups and exam recommendations, don’t forget things like your annual flu shot or seeing a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening. Your health is important, so don’t let the New Year get ahead of you; keep up your resolution to stay on top of your health this year by scheduling your annual appointments. Are you interested in scheduling appointments, but in need of a new Primary Care Physician? Use the Crittenton Find a Doctor tool to help you.

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