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In Season: Spring Into Health

In Season

Spring Into Health

With spring upon us, make a commitment to give yourself a health checkup to ensure you are starting the season in tip-top shape.

Health in review. Your health is important, but so is that of your immediate family. Review your family’s health history with your doctor, letting them know if anything has changed. Was anyone diagnosed with disease, such as breast cancer or diabetes? If so, make your physician aware so any additional diagnostic testing can be scheduled. Based on your family’s history, your provider may be able to make preventive recommendations.

Get up to date.  Are you due for a mammogram or other tests? Do some research and find out what routine testing health care providers suggest for someone with your age and history. For example, many providers suggest women have a thyroid test done every three years, starting at age 35. A fasting glucose test is often suggested for women 45 and older every three years, as well. For men 50 and over, screenings for prostate cancer are in order, unless there are risk factors.

Make a list. Do you have a chronic health problem, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol? Or, has something changed about your health that gives you concern? Have your eating habits changed? Are you dealing with depression or anxiety? Write down anything about your health that you feel warrants discussion. Additionally, take note of all the medications you’re currently taking, as well as the dosages, so you can talk to your physician about any changes that might need to be made.

Move forward. Do you have some extra weight you want to shed? Ask for suggestions from your health care provider to get started. Or, perhaps you want to quit smoking. Your physician will not only be a potential support system, but has probably helped other patients kick the habit.

Source: This article was from excerpted from mtj® (Massage Therapy Journal®) Spring 2011. Subscribe to read the entire article.

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