by Melissa Chichester
Have you ever wondered at what age you need to start getting essential health screenings? Many test recommendations are based on your age or family history. These tests are designed to encourage early detection and empower you to take charge of your own health. In addition, these tests help you set up healthy habits that last a lifetime. Let’s take a look at what tests you might need to catch up on.
Medical tests by age vary by gender. Tests recommended (by the US National Library of Medicine) for all people between the ages of 20 and 30 include:
Men and women should also screen their skin for abnormalities and consult a dermatologist if there are any concerns.
Many of the tests needed in your younger years continue regularly throughout the rest of your life, including standard dental care, eye care, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, and individual tests for men and women.
Medical test recommendations while approaching middle age are similar to young adult life, but with a little more frequency. Regular screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and infections should continue, in addition to regular dental care, eye care, and blood pressure checks.
Specific tests to begin in your thirties include:
After age 40, more medical testing is generally recommended depending on your health. It is truly incredible what today’s physicians can discover with routine tests. Many people feel scared to have these tests done; however, they are designed to help you live a long and fruitful life. Common tests after age 40 include:
To no surprise, medical tests often become more frequent after age 65. Some of the medical tests recommended after age 65 include:
No matter what age you are, it is important to get a physical every year and work with a healthcare practitioner to determine what tests are right for you. Your health is personal, and by learning what tests you might need, you can further take charge of your body and well-being!