This one is for the ladies! It's September 30th, which means National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.
It's time to promote the importance of health and fitness for women of every age. And it's a great time to go through your exam checklist.
These health screening are suggested if you're over 18:
Blood pressure screening – every three to five years if within the normal range
Cholesterol screening – every five years if within the normal range
Diabetes screening – If blood pressure is above 135/80 mm Hg or body mass index is above 25
Eye exam – every two years
Pap smear – every three years starting at age 21, every five years after age 30 (if previous results were normal)
If you're over 40, you can add a few more to the list:
Blood pressure screening – Every year
Cholesterol screening – every five years
Diabetes screening – Every three years starting at age 44
Colonoscopy – every 10 years starting at age 50 if there’s no history of colon cancer in your family
Eye exam – every two to four years between ages 40 and 54 and every year starting at age 55
Mammograms – every one to two years
Osteoporosis screening – Women under age 65 who have risk factors should be screened
Pap smear – every three to five years
Not sure where to start? We're happy to help! You can visit us at Affinity Urgent Care for recommendations on where to get the specific tests you need.
The day is also a great time to try a new exercise routine. Regular physical activity is super important for women of every age. Talk to your primary care provider if you're unsure if an exercise is safe or right for you.
Happy Women’s Health and Fitness Day!
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