The Importantance of Regular Check Ups

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When you are not feeling well, you go see the doctor, but when you’re feeling fine, a trip to the doctor may be in order.

Do you know how often to get the most common health screenings?

First up: cholesterol.

“Most recommendations suggest starting at age 35 if you are a male and 45 if you are a female. Getting your cholesterol screened once every year or every two years is highly recommended,” said Dr. Marc Harrigan, with Piedmont Physicians Group.

What about diabetes?

“If patients are struggling with their weight, or even their blood pressure, we tend to start screening those folks a little bit sooner rather than later – usually around 30 years of age or 35 years of age,” said Dr. Harrigan.

What about getting a colonoscopy?

“Colonoscopy is typically recommended for anyone between the ages of 50 and 75. The recommendation right now is every 10 years. If there is a complication on the colonoscopy then that sked is usually tighter and may be every three to five years,” said Dr. Harrigan.

Finally, what about mammograms?

“Mammograms, again the authorities recommend screening start at 50. This has been very controversial. Between the ages of 50 and 75 the screening sked is recommended for every two years. But again, this is very individualized based on a patient’s family,” said Dr. Harrigan.

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