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How often should you see a doctor for general health check ups and tests?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

I can't recall the last time I saw a doctor for a general health check up, it might have been over a decade ago when I changed employers and insurance companies. Probably the last time I had my blood lipids tested. No clue what the numbers were anymore, but there was no issue of concern then anyway.

But I see many people posting here and elsewhere about what seems like multiple doctor appointments per year regarding general check ups or tests for this and that. I feel at times that I'm missing out on knowledge I could use to biohack my health, but I've never felt healthier than I do now 2 years after I adopted a paleoish lifestyle.

In other words, I don't have a health excuse to go in and have a doctor run tests for me "just because". I would love to know the numbers of any number of tests.

But how often do you think anyone should just go in to a doctor whether there is a need to or not and get tests run?

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on April 11, 2013
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What does a "yearly regular check up" mean? It seems most docs are interested in symptom suppression by pill rather than finding a cause and stop it. I'd feel better about it and more likely to do it if there was a high likelihood of them doing the tests I want done.

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at 11:26 AM

You sound like a health administrator. :)

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on January 31, 2013
at 08:36 PM

Eating paleo and exercising with no signs or symptoms of disease?

I would get labs drawn ...... never.

Least thats what I'm going with and its worked out pretty well for 15 years or so now :). Actually thats a lie I had to have a pec tendon reattached after rupture while doing bench...does that count? Still don't have my cholesterol stats though ....lol

But I will go to my chiropractor, optometrist, dentist, massage therapist, trainer, or whatever else frequently. That covers my general health checkups. My chiro can order me labs if I really need em.

Or you can always order labs for yourself if your really interested in biohacking at places like this:

http://www.directlabs.com/

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on January 31, 2013
at 09:03 PM

I don't go to the doctor unless I have a specific problem that needs attending to.

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on January 31, 2013
at 08:45 PM

At your age (40) I would go and get a check up, meaning get a comprehensive set of blood tests (cholesterol, liver, thyroid ...). Then unless something compelling requires a doctor's visit I suggest you then not go again for another five years. Once you reach 50 y.o. you should go every couple of years. ... in my opinion.

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on January 31, 2013
at 11:57 PM

Personally, I would go to the doctor just to see what the levels are. Perhaps there could be something there that you weren't expecting. If nothing else, it'll provide you a benchmark to improve next time you go to the doctor. My mom has great levels of everything but she still is very happy to know that her levels have either gotten better or stayed at a good level. In other words, I don't see any harm at all in going.

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:17 AM

Women need to have regular health checks. See your doctor for regular medical check-ups to help you stay healthy and to pick up early warning signs of disease or illness. Many diseases such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes and some cancers can be picked up in their early stages when treatment is often more effective.

Women should have a general check-up every year, and for that it is a good idea to book a long appointment. Part of the check-up will involve talking to the doctor about your medical history, your family’s history of disease and your lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise habits and whether or not you smoke.

Use this health and fitness forum to discuss more.

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:26 AM

You sound like a health administrator. :)

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:45 AM

What does a "yearly regular check up" mean? It seems most docs are interested in symptom suppression by pill rather than finding a cause and stop it. I'd feel better about it and more likely to do it if there was a high likelihood of them doing the tests I want done.

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