All adults should visit their health care provider regularly, even if they feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:
Screen for diseases
Assess risk of future medical problems
Help develop a healthy lifestyle
Get to know your doctor in case of an illness
Health maintenance visit - men - over 65; Physical exam - men - over 65; Yearly exam - men - over 65; Checkup - men - over 65; Men's health - over 65
Even if you feel fine, you should still see your health care provider for regular checkups. These visits can avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages.
There are certain times when you should see your health care provider.
You may get a shingles or herpes zoster vaccination after age 60.
You may need to be screened for infections such as syphilis, chlamydia, and other infections. Screening will depend on your lifestyle and medical history.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all adults up to age 65 for HIV infection unless the prevalence is known to be less than 1 in 1000 people.
All men over age 65 with risk factors for osteoporosis should check with their doctor about screening.
All men age 50 or older should talk to their doctor about prostate cancer screening.
If screening is done, a PSA test is the best method.
PREVENTIVE HEALTH VISITS
Have yearly screenings.
Your weight and height will be checked.
You will be screened for alcohol and tobacco use and for depression.
You will go over your medicines and risk of interactions.
You will be checked for hearing loss.
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David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.