ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS
Getting an annual physical exam is arguably one of the most important things that we can do to maintain overall health and well-being, along with exercise and a healthy diet. This is true for everyone, regardless of age or stage of life, but unfortunately this key component is often overlooked.
Physical exams help your healthcare provider identify and treat health-related problems before they get worse, help you maintain your health and assist you in tracking your health-related progress over time, as the numbers are compared annually. T4Men provides Annual Physical Exams right here in our Cedar Park, TX office.
Blood Tests and Screenings
Depending on your age, risk factors, lifestyle and family history, your doctor may order a variety of blood tests and other screenings during your annual physical exam, including:
- Blood pressure screening, which measures the force of your blood against your arteries. A reading of about 120/80 is considered normal.
- Cholesterol screening, which measures the amount of cholesterol in your blood. In healthy patients with no risk factors, a total cholesterol reading lower than 200 mg/dL is considered normal. An LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, reading of 130 mg/dL or lower and an HDL, or “good” cholesterol, reading of more than 60 mg/dL is considered normal.
- Blood glucose screening, which measures the amount of sugar in your blood. An A1C reading of less than 5.7 percent is considered normal.
- Body mass index (BMI) calculation, which uses your height and weight to determine if you are maintaining a healthy weight. A BMI of 18.6 to 24.9 is considered normal.
These tests can also identify underlying conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. Test results equip your provider to make recommendations for follow-up testing, as well as lifestyle, exercise or diet changes that can help improve or maintain your overall health.
So, if you believe that you are too busy or don’t have the time then think again. As they say, “an ounce of prevention is a worth a pound of cure.” In other words, it is much easier and less expensive to identify and treat medical problems early before they get worse, so make the time and get it done!