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Screenings for Health

The Importance of Health Screening

You’re sick, you need to see a doctor now before you die… well that’s how it feels anyway. But you don’t have your own doctor. Your only option is to go to a walk-in clinic or urgent care and while you get good care, you really don’t feel cared for. Establishing a relationship with a primary care doctor or provider when you are not sick is the easiest way to be able to be seen quickly. Health screening visits are important and also a good way to establish a relationship before you is sick.

Patient/doctor relationships are important to establish before you are sick for a number of reasons. First, if you are an established patient, you can usually get seen the same day by someone you know. Secondly if there is a serious condition your own doctor will be able to take care of you through the whole episode.

But why would you go to the doctor if you are not sick?

Health screenings should occur at various intervals depending on age. If you are a parent, you likely managed to keep the well-baby and well child visits, but what about your well visits? In keeping with my target audience, I will be focusing on health screenings that are recommended for those in their 30’s and beyond.

Screenings vary depending on gender, and for this blog, I refer to men as those with male organs (internal and/or external), and women with female organs (internal and/or external). Unless you have removed the organs that you were born with and regardless how you present yourself socially, gender specific health screenings are very important.

The screening’s that I recommend are typically performed during a “wellness” visit. These visits can take up to one hour. Some of the testing may require additional visits to other specialists. If you are already experiencing lifestyle related diseases like diabetes type 2, high cholesterol and high blood pressure you will see your doctor more often than once per year.

Annual Wellness Visit Screening Recommendations for Healthy Individuals

These are common screenings, and your doctor/provider may recommend fewer or additional testing based on your personal situation. It is important to follow their advice regarding your health screenings.

Every 1-3 Years ages 27-49: General Health Screening

Health history, blood pressure (goal <120/80), BMI (a simple height to weight ratio: goal <25), physical exam, eye exam, blood cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, diabetes screening for over- weight or obese people.

Cancer Screenings

Females: pap smears every 3 years with HPV screening every 5
Males: testicular and prostate screening if recommended by doctor/provider

Specialized Screening

Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
IBS and Digestive Screenings
Mental Health Screening/Depression Screening
Immunizations Health Screenings
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention counseling for adults at higher risk
Statin preventive medication for adults 40 to 75 at high risk
Abdominal aortic aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked
Alcohol misuse screening and counseling
Tobacco use screening

Every 1-3 Years ages 50-70: General Health Screening
The above screenings PLUS any of these additional:

Mammogram screening
Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
Colorectal cancer screening for adults 50 to 75
Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
Falls prevention (with exercise or physical therapy and vitamin D use) for adults 65 years and over, living in a community setting
Lung cancer screening for adults 55-80 at high risk for lung cancer because they’re heavy smokers or have quit in the past 15 years
Obesity screening and counseling
Statin preventive medication for adults 40 to 75 at high risk
Syphilis screening for adults at higher risk
Tuberculosis screening for certain adults without symptoms at high risk

As you can see there are many health screenings available to help you remain as healthy. This list is certainly not exhaustive but is a good start!

Good nutrition and the proper amount of exercise will set your body up to remain healthy. Screenings can assist you in early identification and perhaps save your life.

Schedule your annual wellness exam today.

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