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Friday, July 18, 2014

Healthy Steps


Source: Blue Care Network

How old are you?

If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you may be concerned about physical 
fitness. If you’re in your 40s or 50s, you may be giving more thought 
to your heart health and cholesterol levels. As you get older, you may 
worry about prostate cancer or a chronic health condition. With each 
stage of life, there are health risks and conditions to contend with. 
Even if you’re in perfect health, you still need these checkups and 
screenings: 

Regular checkups 

Regular checkups are a good way to keep track of your health. 
This is also a good time to get advice from your doctor about your 
diet, exercise and other steps to take. If you’re over 18, you should 
have a routine physical every one to five years, depending on your 
health risks. Talk to your doctor about recommendations for what 
is right for you

Cholesterol and blood pressure tests 

Get your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly. 
Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure can help 
prevent other health problems, including cardiac disease, heart 
attacks and strokes.

Colorectal cancer exam 

An internal exam of your colon is important in detecting early 
colorectal cancer. Tests may include a colonoscopy, fecal occult 
blood testing or double contrast barium enema. Check with your 
doctor to see which test is right for you.

Prostate cancer screening  

The American Cancer Society recommends that doctors offer 
prostate cancer screening to most men beginning at age 50. 
Prostate screening includes both a PSA test and digital rectal 
exam. 

Diabetes testing 

If you’re age 45 or older and at risk for type 2 diabetes, have your 
blood sugar measured every one to two years. Risk factors for type 
2 diabetes include being overweight, being inactive and having 
a family history of diabetes. Also, if you have high blood pressure 
or high cholesterol, it’s important to be tested for diabetes, since 
diabetes significantly increases your already higher risk of heart 
attack. 


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