Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

Tips for Vibrant Health and Beauty at Every Age

Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

Tips for Vibrant Health and Beauty at Every Age

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Checklist for Health

For the first time, three of the nation's leading health agencies are combining forces to help Americans protect themselves from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.

The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and American Diabetes Association have collectively mapped out the prevention and screening guidelines for the early detection of risk factors and diseases in average-risk adults. Post the following checklist on your refrigerator door to help keep you and your family healthy:

Men and Women

Blood pressure measurement: starting at age 20 and at least every two years

Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement: each regular healthcare visit

Blood choLesterol test: starting at age 20, at least every five years

Blood glucose (sugar) test: starting at age 45, every three years

Colorectal screening: starting at age 50, every one to ten years depending on the test used

Women

ClinicaL breast exam (CBE): starting at age 20, every three years, yearly after age 40

Mammography: starting at age 40, yearly

Pap test: starting at age 20, yearly. After age 30, every one to three years, depending on the test used and past results

Men

Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal exam (DRE): starting at age 50. Ask your doctor about testing.

The collaborative campaign, called "Everyday Choices for a Healthier Life," underscores the importance of consuming a healthy diet, controlling weight, and avoiding tobacco smoke. For tips and links to more information on recommended medical tests, physical activity, and smoking cessation, log on to www.everydaychoices.org.

Is it time for a checkup? As fall approaches, schoolchildren are not the only ones who can benefit from routine exams. …

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