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Health Checkups For 40 Plus

“Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times”- Helen Rowland. Forty is life’s golden age, if you’ve taken care of your health all along. If you didn’t, it’s never too late. Act now! It’s time you go for regular checkups, even if you think you are healthy and fine.

To prevent such disorder, doctors advise age-specific medical checkups beginning 30 or 40 depending on one’s health profile.

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Why are Health Checkups (HCP) advised?

At 40, it’s time to assess your present state of your health, correct past indiscretions if any, and prepare your body for long term health. Some disorders like hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol occur because of family history or faulty lifestyle. They are silent killers without symptoms. So, to prevent them, Health Checks are a must, say doctors.

Some Must-Do HCPs for 40 Year Olds (Men and Women):

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BMI (Body Mass Index): Height-weight measurements will determine whether they are proportionate and within the BMI of 25, as most lifestyle diseases are associated with overweight or obesity.

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Blood pressure: Blood pressure must be checked once in every 2 years. If the top number (systolic number) is between 120 - 139 or the bottom number (diastolic number) is between 80 - 89 mm Hg then have it checked every year, to avoid hypertension.

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Blood sugar: Blood sugar test helps in ruling out diseases like diabetes. Get it screened regularly every 2 years and more often if you are overweight or obese

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Stress Testing: If you have a family history of coronary heart disease, or often suffer from short acute pain in the chest, this test helps to assess the functioning of your heart.

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Cancer Screening: This test must be performed on a yearly basis.

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Dental checkups: Get a yearly dental checkup done.

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Stool sample: Stool sample test helps in detecting any kind of impurities in the blood and must be done once in every 2 years once you cross 40.

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Cholesterol: Get your cholesterol levels tested once in 3 years from the age of 40.

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Colonoscopy: This test is done when you touch 50 years of age, but if you have a family history of colon cancer it must done at 40 itself.

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Vaccinations: Ensure that all your vaccinations are under check once you have crossed 40.

Additional Checkups for Men and Women:

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Pap smears: This is a must-do test in order to keep cervical changes under check.

Prostate exam: This helps in making sure that there are no abnormalities. This test must be performed once in every 2 years to keep prostate cancer at bay.

Mammogram: Getting a mammogram done once in 3 years is necessary if you have witnessed any changes in your breast tissue. Annual breast exams are a must test for any women who has crossed 40.

Testosterone levels: Testosterone levels must be checked once every year, to ensure normal levels.

FSH test: This test helps in determining your menopause stage.

 

Ultrasound: Ultrasound helps in keeping any changes in the ovaries in check.

 

Pelvic exam: This is an annual test to detect any changes in the vagina, fallopian tubes, bladder, rectum, uterus or vagina.

 

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.

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