Why You Need Wellness Checks at All Ages and Stages of Life
posted by The Live Better Team | May 2, 2016
Routine examination of heart, lungs, skin, internal organs, and reflexes
Vision and hearing screening
Scoliosis checks (curvature of the spine)
Ensuring immunizations are up to date, especially for college-bound teens
Cholesterol check every 5 years, beginning at age 45
Blood pressure check every 2 years
Fasting plasma glucose test every three years beginning at age 45; earlier if you’re overweight or have a high risk of diabetes
Eye examinations every two to four years until age 54 and then every one to three years after that. Cataracts often begin in the 40s or 50s.
Pap test every three years through age 29. Starting at age 30, every five years with a test that includes HPV screening.
Mammogram every year from ages 45 to 54. Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every two years, or can continue yearly screening, advises the American Cancer Society.
Fecal occult test
Barium enema with X-ray
Sigmoidoscopy (examination of the rectum and lower colon)
Colonoscopy (examination of the entire colon)
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.