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There are a number of medical conditions we'll all face as we age - arthritis, malnutrition, heart disease, cancer, cognitive and balance difficulties, depression - so it's important to stay up to date on your condition by visiting a doctor for regular exams. But there are also different tests and screenings you should remember to ask about.
Cholesterol and blood sugar checks
Prostate and breast exams
Read more about these exams and why they're important on Maeflowers at Medium.
You should also occasionally go over your prescription medications with your doctor to ensure they are doing what you need them to do. For example, if you've changed your diet, quit smoking, quit drinking, and lost weight, you may find it possible to decrease or discontinue prescriptions for lipids or hypertension. (Only do this under advisement from your doctor based on exam and blood results.)
Another question to ask your doctor is whether you're up to date on vaccinations. Most offices follow the CDC schedule. In particular, tetanus is repeated every 10 years, influenza every year, and the hepatitis series is new in the last 10-20 years. In addition, according to the CDC< all adults over a certain age should be tested for HepC at least once.
Screening allows early treatment, which results in better outcomes!