year brings a lot of good intentions, including resolutions to
lose weight, eat better and live healthier. Starting off the
year with an annual physical and several screening tests can
help you make 2016 your healthiest yet.
someone trying to get healthy in the new year, the most
important thing I think is to know your numbers, including
body mass index, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and
cholesterol," says Vandana Bhide, M.D., internist and
pediatrician at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Fla.
an annual physical can provide an important snapshot of a
person’s health at a specific point in time, regardless of
age. "Having this information allows us to help create an
appropriate plan for healthful changes," she says.
gender and family history will dictate the timing and
necessity of other tests, but Bhide recommends the following
screenings for overall wellness:
Heart health screening, including stress test
Colorectal cancer screening
Testicular cancer screening and prostate exam for men
Pelvic exam, Pap smear and mammogram for women
Vision and dental exams
that the new year is also ideal for children to have a
checkup, including a review of immunizations. For teenagers,
the HPV/cervical cancer vaccine may be indicated.