That one thing that comes around every year yet most of us are still taking it lightly…Our annual check-up! Ok ladies, It’s about time for women to recognize the importance of an annual check up for a healthy body, soul and mind. As women, we should recognize that we have to do better with keeping up with our insides as well as our outsides. I’m sure you’ve seen the commercial where the lady steps out of the limo looking like a million bucks but then falls due to high cholesterol, yes, you can look good on the outside and be falling apart on the inside! Gratefully, insurance companies have finally recognized that preventive medicine leads to reduced long-term medical cost and regular check ups are considered to be preventive.
All women after the age of 18 should get a yearly checkup. Check out womenhealth.gov to see recommendations for screening test and guidelines for women from age 18 and up. This chart will list recommendations of when women should get the following as well as other tests are immunizations.
- Full checkup, including weight and height
- Thyroid (TSH) test
- Blood pressure test
- Blood count
- Blood glucose test – check out Lab Test Online
- Mammogram(x-ray of breasts)
- Pap test (smear) – womenhealth.gov)
Some exams that are recommended yearly for all women are:
You should prepare a list of questions for your doctor. The list should include any concerns you might have. Make sure to bring to the doctor attention concerns you have regarding what have been occurring over the past year.
It is also very important to remember to call your doctor earlier than the yearly checkup if things just seem out of sort. Don’t try to self diagnosis, get a professional opinion. Early treatment and preventive care is always the best approach. However, the doctor needs to know all of your concerns to properly diagnosis any problems you might have.
So ladies, don’t just sit around…Let’s get healthy Inside & Out!!