February 21, 2009 12:34:11 am
Arrange for a complete physical every five years,which should include:
• Cholesterol profile,blood pressure check
• Testicular cancer screening (Young men should also perform monthly self-exams)
• Calculate your body mass index,or BMI
• A complete blood count,blood sugar test and a urinalysis
• An adult type tetanus-pertussis-diphtheria booster (and follow up every 10 years)
• See your dentist every six to 12 months
Sign up for complete physicals,which should repeat the tests conducted in your 20s,but every three years instead of every five. At the age of 35 you can stop the testicular exams.
Get a complete physical every two years. Also,
• Schedule a baseline ECG at 40; repeat it periodically.
• Take a fasting blood sugar test at 45,then every three years.
• Start skin cancer screening,with additional exams by a dermatologist for men at high risk.
Make a complete physical check-up an annual event. Regular healthcare schedule should include these four additions:
• Colon cancer screening,which should take one of four approaches: Annual fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) with colonoscopy for a positive test. FOBT plus sigmoidoscopy every five years.
• Colonoscopy every 10 years. Double-contrast barium enema every five to 10 years
• Prostate cancer screening.
• Eye exams,annual flu shot
In addition to maintaining the pattern established in your 50s,ask your doctor about a shingles shot. Also,get the pneumonia vaccine. At 65,if you smoke,get an abdominal aortic ultrasound. From here on out,you can keep doing what youve been doing. After all,youve made it this far. …
• When you hit age 75,delete prostate cancer screening from your checklist.
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