Even if you feel fine, check in with your primary-care doctor at least once a year. “This is the chance to get the complete picture of your health, as well as to track your progress over time.” says Judith Volkar, MD, a gynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Specialized Women’s Health. The bonus: Your physical should cover all of the following items on your to-do list.
Blood pressure check Get this reading every two years.
Cholesterol screening Get this blood test at least once every 5 years for good heart health.
Depression screening If you’ve felt down for 2 weeks or longer at a time, ask your doctor to check you for depression.
Pelvic exam “Even if you’re not due for a pap test, you need a pelvic every year, because it looks at many other critical health issues, such as other cancers too.” says Dr. Volkar.
STD testing If you’re over 25, you should be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STDs every time you change sexual partners.
Flu vaccination This protective shot is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older
Shingles vaccination If you had chicken pox, you’re at risk of this painful, itchy condition, which is actually an adult resurgence of the childhood disease.
Source: Prevention magazine January 2013