Who says 40 is over the hill? The 40’s is the "New 30’s" when it comes to fashion, lifestyle and desires. Keep yourself healthy so that you can keep up with your attitude. The body is still changing and there are some guidelines for health screening that deserve some attention in that busy social, family, and work calendar.
You're busy balancing the demands of your family and your career. Be all you can be for yourself so that you can be the best for those who count on you. Keep that loving, nurturing heart healthy. Blood pressure testing should be done on a routine basis at least every two years and cholesterol testing as directed (according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
Starting at age 45 it is recommended that blood glucose or A1c testing for diabetes be done and repeated every three years.
Breast health should be discussed with your healthcare provider which includes a continuation of the breast exam and, at age 40, the addition of mammography screening. This mammogram X-ray should be done every one to two years.
The pelvic exam has become a routine part of your annual check up and it is recommended that a pap test be done at least once every three years during this decade. If sexual partners have changed or you have multiple partners, get a Chlamydia test. Both partners should be screened for other sexually transmitted infections (STI or STD) including HIV.
It is recommended that at age 40, women get a baseline eye and ear health exam. Follow up eye exams are advised every two to four years, as needed or as your condition changes or as advised by your provider. A hearing test should be taken every 10 years from the time you reach 18, according to the guidelines.
Maintain routine dental health to include cleaning and checkups in accordance with your dental health needs as discussed with your dentist, oral hygienist, orthodontist and/or periodontist.
Your annual exam is tailored for you and your individual health needs. Discussions about general health will determine the specific tests and recommendations prescribed by your healthcare provider.