The Following is a Doctor Checklist of What to expect when visiting the Doctor
Going to the doctor isn’t fun. Everybody knows that as soon as you’re too old to get a lollipop, it basically just becomes a hassle. So when you go, make sure you get everything you can out of it. No, we’re not talking about demanding a lollipop; we’re talking about getting all the appropriate tests for your age. Here’s a handy checklist to let you know what you should ask for.
- According to an article from USA Today about healthy aging for men, (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlight/story/2012-08-27/men-health-tests/57289804/1), men in their 50s need to be screened for colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. In addition, it’s a good time to ask your doctor about aspirin therapy.
- A timeline published by insurance broker Lockton Companies also notes that men and women over 50 should get a fasting cholesterol panel every five years, a glucose test every three years, and a colonoscopy every 10 years. Women should continue getting pap smears every other year and a mammogram every year. And men over 50 should get a PSA and prostate test every four years.
- An article from Oprah (http://www.oprah.com/health/Checklists-for-Visiting-the-Doctor) also says that women should begin having their thyroid function tested every five years.
- The USA Today article goes on to say that, starting in their 60s, men should also be tested for peripheral artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm.
- The Lockton timeline says that age 65 is the time to begin getting bone density testing done.
Of course, there is more to your health than just getting these tests done at the right time. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your health. Share any concerns you have and ask what you can do to keep yourself healthy. Then the next step is actually listening to the advice!