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Stay Healthy as You Age

Kristen Ufferman, M.D.
Family Practice, Rush-Copley Medical Group

No matter how young you look or feel, as you age, you face multiple health concerns. The good news is that you
can take some control of aging. While eating right and exercising are an important part of wellness, getting an annual physical and recommended screenings is essential to identify any potential health issues. Screeni

ngs that men and women should have conducted include the following:

Women:

  • Monthly — breast and skin self-exam
  • Annually — physical, mammogram, blood pressure, blood lipid profile, eye exam and dental exam (every 6 months)
  • Every 1-2 years — pap smear
  • Every 3 years — cholesterol check, blood sugar screening and physician skin examination
  • Every 5 years — thyroid test
  • Every 10 years — hearing screening
  • Women should also have a bone density screening and colonoscopy as recommended by their physician.

Men:

  • Monthly — testicular and skin self-exam
  • Annually — physical, prostate exam, blood pressure, blood lipid profile, eye exam and dental exam (every 6 months)
  • Every 3 years — cholesterol check, blood sugar screening and physician skin examination
  • Every 10 years — colonoscopy and hearing screening.