What Tests and Annual Health Screenings Should I Ask My Doctor About?

Regular health screenings and tests are essential for maintaining optimal health, especially for women ages 18-39. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the key screenings and tests you should discuss with your doctor at Align Family Health.

Physical Exam

A routine physical exam helps your doctor get a general sense of your overall health. This check-up typically includes:

  • Blood Pressure: Monitoring your blood pressure is crucial for detecting hypertension early.
  • Height, Weight, and BMI: Tracking these metrics can help identify any potential issues related to weight and overall physical development.

Vision Check

Regular vision checks are important for maintaining eye health. This can be done by your primary care physician or an optometrist.

Skin Check

Early detection of skin issues, including skin cancer, is vital. A preliminary skin check can be done by your primary care provider, but a full exam by a dermatologist is recommended if there are any concerns.

Routine Blood Work

Blood tests can provide a wealth of information about your health. Some key tests include:

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC): Measures various components of your blood, such as red and white blood cells and platelets.
  • Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP): Provides information about your body’s metabolism, including kidney function, blood sugar levels, and electrolytes.
  • Thyroid Panel: Assesses thyroid function to ensure your metabolism is regulated properly.
  • Cholesterol & Lipid Panel: Measures cholesterol levels and other fats in your blood to assess your risk for heart disease.
  • Diabetes Risk Assessment: Tests such as fasting blood sugar or HbA1c can help determine your risk of developing diabetes.

Women's Health Screenings

Certain screenings are specifically important for women:

  • Cervical Cancer Screening: For ages 30 through 65, either a Pap test every 3 years or the HPV test every 5 years is recommended, depending on your health and sexual history.
  • STI Tests:
    • Yearly for women under 25 and sexually active.
    • Yearly for women over 25 if you have new or multiple sex partners.

Other Important Health Checks

  • Dental Exam: Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining oral health and detecting early signs of dental issues.

Being proactive about your health is the best way to ensure a long and healthy life. Discussing these screenings and tests with your doctor at Align Family Health will help you stay on top of your health and catch any potential issues early. Always consult with your healthcare provider to tailor these recommendations to your personal health needs.