You’re never too old for a checkup. That’s why you should always get your annual wellness visit done at QUICKmed.
If you’re under 40, you should at least get a wellness checkup done every five years. If you’re any older than 40, your visits should jump up to a visit every three or fewer years. However, if you suffer from any chronic health conditions and take any prescription medications, you should make sure to get a wellness visit done every year to make sure nothing has changed about your health. You can visit QUICKmed any time for a general wellness exam, no appointment necessary.
A general wellness exam involves several different kinds of screenings to evaluate your health including: cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, diabetes screenings, blood pressure screenings, and more. How often you require these checkups depends on your age, of course, but you definitely want to get them done to avoid health issues sneaking up on you!
People with a personal or family history of cancer are more at risk of developing cancer, so it’s important to make sure these screenings are part of your wellness exams. Mortality rates for people diagnosed with cancer who are regularly screened are from 3-35% less than those who do not go to regular screenings.
Adults should have their cholesterol checked every 4-6 years. There are no symptoms of having high cholesterol, so it’s important to have it checked regularly. Cholesterol levels increase in your body as you age, so it is especially crucial for those older than 40 to get cholesterol tests done. If high cholesterol runs in your family, you have heart disease or type II diabetes, you are overweight, you’re leading a sedentary lifestyle, or you smoke or drink, your chances of developing high cholesterol are increased.
People over 45 to 70 years old, and people who are overweight, should be screened for type II diabetes every two years even if initial screenings come back normal. Older adults are at higher risk of developing type II diabetes, but children and young adults who are overweight and considered at risk of developing diabetes should be screened every two years.
Blood pressure screenings
You should have a blood pressure screening every 2 years after age 20 if you have had high blood pressure before. If not, then adults between 18 and 39 should get screened every 3 to 5 years. If you are older than 40, then you should be screened every year. High blood pressure presents no symptoms, so it is important to get screened to catch it, as having high blood pressure can lead to different types of heart disease.
It’s a smart idea to get screened for STDs and STIs, especially if you are sexually active and have many romantic partners.
Pediatric Check Up
Depending on the age of your child, they may require different types of exams. Younger children need these checkups to see if they are on track with their growth and development. These visits can also help determine if your child has any learning disabilities. Older children, from preteens to teenagers, need their own developmental exams. It’s important to start screening for STDs and STIs in children that are sexually active. Of course, vaccinations are important for all ages, not just infants and toddlers. Make sure your school age children stay up to date on their shots!
Don’t put your health on the back burner. Be sure to stay up to date on your wellness exams to be sure your health is on the right track! Wellness exams are free with most insurance, so be sure to visit us at your nearest QUICKmed location to get yours done today — no appointment necessary!