A routine physical examination ensures that you stay in good health. A physical can also be a preventive step. It allows you to catch up on vaccinations or detect a serious condition, like cancer or diabetes, before it causes problems. During a routine physical, your doctor can also check vitals, including weight, heart rate, and blood pressure.
- If you’re under 30 and healthy – don’t smoke, no disease risk factors (including being overweight) and don’t take prescription medications – get a check-up every 2 – 3 years.
- Age 30 – 40, healthy individuals should get a physical every other year.
- Annual physicals start around the age of 50.
Depending on your age, sex, and family medical history, a checkup with your doctor may include: Blood, urine, vision, and hearing tests to evaluate your overall health. Assessments of your blood pressure, cholesterol level, and weight.
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.