Don’t Miss These 5 Health Screenings

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Even if you feel healthy, you should have annual screenings, including one for cholesterol.

Even if you feel healthy, you should have annual screenings, including one for cholesterol.

Be proactive in caring for your own health and wellness. If you haven’t had your annual check-up in the past 12 months, make an appointment with your primary care provider.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) suggests that adults should visit their health care providers regularly, even if they are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

*Screen for diseases

*Assess risk of future medical problems

*Encourage a healthy lifestyle

*Maintain a relationship with a health care provider in case of an illness.

USPSTF recommends the following preventative screenings:

Blood pressure screening (The USPSTF recommends screening for high blood pressure in adults age 18 years and older.)

Cholesterol screening (The USPSTF strongly recommends cholesterol screening in men ages 35 and older for lipid disorders, and 20-35 years old for men who are at increased risk for coronary heart disease. It is strongly recommended that women age 20 years and older be screened if they are at increased risk for coronary heart disease.

Osteoporosis screening (The USPSTF recommends screening for osteoporosis in women age 65 years and older and in younger women whose fracture risk is equal to or greater than that of a 65-year-old Caucasian woman who has no additional risk factors.)

Diabetes screening (It is recommended that screening for type 2 diabetes in asymptomatic adults with sustained blood pressure [either treated or untreated] greater than 135/80 mm Hg.)

Colon cancer screening (The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy in adults beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. The risks and benefits of these screening methods vary.)

Always talk to your health care provider to determine which screenings are right for you.