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Event On Your Calendar
How many appointments have
So now that you’ve got a date for sitting
triglycerides (another type of fatty acid).
across from your doctor, what should you
you scheduled so far this year?
With talk of cancer so prevalent, more
expect? If you’re a man, and over 45, talk of
Here’s one you really shouldn’t
people have begun paying attention to their
a prostate exam will arise; there’s no getting
bodies. It may seem that more cancer cases
skip: your annual physical.
around it. For every reason you can think
are being diagnosed, and at earlier ages,
of for not getting one done, there are at least
but consider that past generations didn’t
I
ronically, although you can’t work when
two people who’re counting on you to stay
you’re sick, most executives admit they
always go for routine testing, since they were
healthy. What your physician will begin to
don’t make time to stay healthy enough to
presumed to be healthy until obviously sick.
do is track your test results each year. Have
keep working. So on top of spending money
one regularly, so that any changes can be Which brings us to the next point: know
on a gym membership you don’t use, and
detected early. Talk to other men about it; your family history. Insurance companies
grabbing greasy fast food while dashing
you might be surprised that quite a few of are often faced with applicants who don’t
between meetings, here’s one thing you can
your friends have already stepped up to the know their parents’ cause of death. More
do to show your body some love.
plate. and more links are being drawn between
First things first. Make the proper
heredity occurrences of cancer, diabetes and
For women, there’s the annual pap smear
appointment. Your annual physical takes
cholesterol. As a general rule, if someone
and mammogram. See, that wasn’t so
longer than the usual in-office visit. Let the
in your family has been diagnosed with one
difficult. Most women have had at least one
receptionist know what you’re coming for.
of these diseases, you should begin routine
by age 35. Once again, the aim is to make it
testing for it about 10 years earlier.
Second, choose the right physician. Your
a habit, so that anything abnormal shows up
favourite doctor may specialise in ENT, or
quickly. Another general rule is, don’t go for a
eye exams, but a family physician is the best
physical if you’re not feeling well. And
Other tests will include listening to your
choice for your complete annual check-up.
don’t wait for warning signs before deciding
heart beat, and routine examination of
S/he should refer you to a specialist if any
you need to get one. If you have trouble
the ears and throat. Some physicians may
areas of concern arise.
remembering to schedule one, link it to your
require you do further tests to check your
birthday or anniversary. It’s the perfect gift
liver and kidney function, as well as your
to give yourself or your partner this year. BF
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