Health Checklist at 40

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Medical checkups for 40 year old men and women:

Exercise stress testing – If you often suffer from short-lived, but acute, chest pain, or you have a family history of coronary heart disease, then this test is a must for you in order to check the working of your heart.

Physical cancer exam – This test must be performed on a yearly basis.

Dental checkups – Visit the dentist once every 6 months.

Height/weight measurements – This will determine whether your weight is within the ideal weight zone, especially since most lifestyle diseases are associated with weight gain or sudden weight loss.

Blood pressure – Blood pressure must be checked once in every 6 months to make sure that you don’t suffer from hypertension.

Stool sample – Stool sample test helps in detecting any kind of impurities in the blood and must be done once in every 2 years once you cross 40.

Cholesterol – Cholesterol levels must be tested once in every 3 years from the age of 40.

Blood sugar – Blood sugar test helps in ruling out diseases like diabetes.

Colonoscopy – This test should ideally be performed when you have reached 50 years of age. But, people who have a family history of colon cancer should get this test done at 40 itself.

Vaccinations – Ensure that all your vaccinations are under check once you have crossed 40.

Medical checkups for 40 year old women

Pap smears – This is a must-do test in order to keep cervical changes under check.

Mammogram – If you have witnessed any changes in your breast tissue, then this is a must-do test for you. If not, even then getting a mammogram done once in 3 years will help in giving the doctor a better baseline reading for future comparisons.

FSH test – This test helps in determining your menopause stage.

Breast exam – Annual breast exams are a must test for any women who has crossed 40.

Ultrasound – Ultrasound helps in keeping any changes in the ovaries in check.

Pelvic exam – This is an annual test which helps in trapping any changes in the vagina, fallopian tubes, bladder, rectum, uterus or vagina.

Medical checkups for 40 year old men

Prostate exam – This helps in making sure that there are no abnormalities. This test must be performed once in every 2 years to keep prostate cancer at bay.

Testosterone levels – Testosterone levels must be checked once every year, to ensure normal levels.