I'm going to be honest here. I'm hormonal. Ack!
I'm embarking on a whole new decade (my 30's) and I'm already noticing too many changes for my personal comfort.
Since I was due for a physical I decided that I'd go in with my prepared questions about "aging". I wanted to go in knowing my stuff. What I should be looking for to be preventative, to borrow a word from Kaiser Permanente.
So I Googled. I always Google when I don't know something. And this time I wanted to know what medical tests I should have done to be proactive in my physical health.
Here's the list I found. Probably a good list for anyone's overall health.
1. Have your cholesterol tested. Just another way my doctor, or the lab guy, will know I eat too much junk food. Great!
2. Diabetes blood test. See #1.
3. Regular breast exams and pap smears. No biggie, used to these.
4. Skin cancer screening. Visit a dermatologist and have a full body scan. Especially if there's a history of sun burning/tanning or if you have large moles.
5. Thyroid levels checked. Just another blood test. Easy.
6. Dental check up. Nothing new here.
7. Eye exam. This is especially important if you get headaches since many are caused by eye problems.
8. Lifestyle review. Now, I'm not thrilled with this one. It's not exactly a test but it feels like one. Start keeping a log of food intake and daily exercise and adjust accordingly.
So, that's the list. Not too scary, right? Pretty basic stuff. Now, when it comes to other procedures, like a colonoscopy, I might get a little more nervous.
Are you proactive with your health? Or do you steer clear of doctor's at all costs? Is having your blood drawn a big deal for you? Which of the above appointments would you put off as long as you could?