As women we all lead busy hectic lives trying to balance a family and a career. But maintaining a healthy life style is also very important. Eating a balanced diet is important along with the proper amount of exercise. One thing many of us do not seem to do as often as we should is to visit our doctors for the proper examinations. By visiting your doctor on a regular basis and receiving the proper tests you can maintain good health. When you visit your doctor it is essential you discuss your family’s history of diseases so they can give you the appropriate tests. In this article I would like to give you some suggestions for the types of tests you should consider.
First, you never realize how important your teeth are until you start to loose them. After women reach the age of 18, it is a good idea to visit your dentist at least once a year for a check-up and cleaning.
Second, physical exams, it is recommended that a woman between the ages of 20 to 30 should have at least 2 physical exams during this period of time. At these physicals your doctor should check height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Many doctors like to run full blood panels just to be safe. If your tests are normal until you reach 65 and are having no health issues every 5 years is sufficient. After 65 they are recommended on an annual basis.
Third, as unpleasant as it seems to many women a trip to the gynecologist is very important. It is better to be safe than sorry. Most gynecologist suggest that women over 35 years of age have a pap test, a mammogram and breast exam annually. If you have a history of cancer in your family you may want to start earlier and if necessary go more often.
Fourth, many of us think if we can see we don’t have to visit the eye doctor. But like the rest of your body your eyes can can develop many diseases that can not be noticed by the naked eye. That is why until the age of 45 you should visit your eye doctor every other year. After the age of 45 you should be tested for Glaucoma on an annual basis.