Resolving to Improve Your HealthResolving to Improve Your Health
Health Education Department,
Multicare Associates of the Twin Cities
It is that time of year again to think about making resolutions for change that will improve your life. Why not consider making changes that will make you a healthier person and may make you live longer?
There are simple lifestyle changes that would benefit most of us, such as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol consumption. If you do not use a seat belt when you are driving or riding in the car, now is a good time to start.
If you are overweight, losing even a few pounds will be beneficial to your health. The easiest way to lose excess pounds is to eat three regular meals a day, but to decrease the intake of fats and sweets. Taking smaller portions of foods you like is better than giving them up completely. Totally avoiding a favorite food may result in bingeing on that food at a later time.
If you have not seen your doctor in a while, this is a good time to call and make an appointment for a complete physical examination. Most health care providers recommend the following as minimum guidelines:
- All Adults
- Blood Pressure - Checked at least every year
- Cholesterol - checked within 5 years
- Tobacco use - it is recommended that you QUIT
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy - every 5 years after age 50
- Stool test for blood - every year after age 40
Age 65 and over
- Pneumovax - once in a lifetime
- Flu Shot - every fall
- Breast Self exam - monthly
- Breast exam by doctor - every year
- Pap Smear - every year
- Mammogram - every year after age 40
- Testicle exam - every year
- Prostrate exam - every year over 40
- PSA blood test - every year over 50
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