Can you remember the last time you had a physical? I’m struggling with it. I know I had them before football season. So that was…. 25 years ago?
I had one before I went to Brazil at 19, then at some point in my 20’s…
So maybe I’ve put it off a bit too long. What about you?
Even if though I was feeling fine and a physical could help me avoid problems in the future, I knew the time had come to get things officially checked out. Kicking off a new training regimen gave me a bit more incentive. I wanted every advantage I could get.
Starting to train seriously at any age should include a doctors visit. If you are over 40 it should be a requirement. My body doesn’t respond the way it did twenty years ago. It sure doesn’t heal and recuperate the same way.
My metabolism is off. Sleep is out of whack. Focus is not what it used to be. If you’re feeling a lot of these same things you have to know there is a reason for it. And the solution is not simply shrugging your shoulders and saying, “Guess I am just getting older.”
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. You need to know this stuff.
And Whether you ever buy any NSP products again (I mean, go and get some protein, obviously…)
Please ACT on this. Take care of you.
My dad died at 48. He had heart issues that could have been prevented with regular checkups.
My mother in law was just diagnosed with colon cancer. The doctor said, “We would have caught this years ago if you had come in…”
So when I talk about getting things taken care of and making sure that you are where you need to be I mean it.
I had a hormone and vitamin panel taken last week. I had a physical soon after that. Remember having to drop your pants and turn your head and cough?
No longer. Now it is lay back, raise your shirt and cough. Much less intrusive. But it gets the job done.
And Prostate? Its in the blood. Just get it checked it out. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol level also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. Simple blood tests can check for these conditions.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
- Watch for blood pressure screenings in your area. Ask your provider if you can stop in to have your blood pressure checked.
- Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year. Ask your General Practitioner where you should be on the scale.
- You may need to have your BP screened frequently if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions.
CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION
- Your cholesterol should be checked every 5 years. Or more depending on what your GP says.
- Certain factors may require you to be checked more often. If you have a high cholesterol level, diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions make it frequent.
- Ask your provider before you start aspirin because aspirin may increase your risk for bleeding.
COLO-RECTAL CANCER SCREENING
If you are under age 50, talk to your health care provider about getting screened. You should be screened if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps. Screening may also be considered if you have risk factors such as a history of inflammatory bowel disease or polyps.
If you are between ages 50 to 75, you should be screened for colorectal cancer. There are several screening tests available:
- A fecal occult blood (stool-based) test done every year
- A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year
- A stool DNA test every 3 years
- Flexible sigmoidoscopyevery 5 years
- Double contrast barium enema every 5 years
- CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years
- Colonoscopy every 10 years
You may need a colonoscopy more often if you have risk factors for colorectal cancer, such as:
- Ulcerative colitis
- A personal or family history of colorectal cancer
- A history of growths called adenomatous polyps
Just. Get. Checked.
Take care of yourself.
Stick around for awhile.
To your health.