Are You Taking The Right Health Tests For Your Age?

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Are you taking the right health tests for your age?

It’s common for people to put off health tests until they are either sick or much older. But this should not be the case as there are various conditions that can harm our health as early as in our 20s.

The problem most people have is that navigating through all the different health tests available can be confusing and tedious. What tests do I need to take? When do I need to take them? We’ve consulted with a medical expert and created a quick guide below to help answer these questions. Remember, these are just key tests that are important for most Filipinos, but it’s still important to consult with a doctor to find out what works best for you.

20s and 30s

What needs to be tested?By Whom?Frequency
Blood PressureBy yourself or a General PractitionerOnce a year
Cholesterol and Glucose LevelsGeneral PractitionerAs instructed by your doctor
Dental Check and CleaningDentistAs instructed by your dentist
STI ScreeningsGeneral PractitionerDepending on how sexually active you are
Healthy Weight Assessments (BMI)General PractitionerAt least every 2 years
For Males: Testes ExaminationYourself or by a General Practitioner, if requiredRegularly, once every 4 weeks
For Females: Pap Tests and Pelvic ExamsGeneral Practitioner and OB GyneAt least once for 21 years old and above
 
Once a year for those who have a family history or are sexually active

40s

People in this age group are recommended to take all the testsfor 20s and 30s and these additional tests:

What needs to be tested?By Whom?Frequency
Eye CheckOphthalmologist or OptometristAt least every 2 years
Breast Checksyourself or General Practitioner, if mammogram is required7 days before and 7 days after menstruation
Prostate ChecksGeneral PractitionerOnce a year for those who have a family history of prostate diseases such as prostate cancer

50s and above

People in this age group are recommended to take all the previously listed tests and these additional tests:

What needs to be tested?By Whom?Frequency
Breast Checks and MammogramYourself or General PractitionerRegular self checks and a mammogram every 2 years
Bone Density ScanRadiology SpecialistAs instructed by your doctor, depending on your risk factors
Hearing AssessmentAudiologist, arranged by your General PractitionerIf you have symptoms
Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)Yourself with some help from the pathology labOnly when needed
ColonoscopyGastroenterologistsAt least once
 
Once every 5 years for those who have a family history of colon diseases such as colon cancer
 
 

Make sure to consult your doctor to know your family history, various risk
factors, and lifestyle habits that might increase the frequency of certain tests that
you should take.

For vaccinations, here’s what is recommended for everyone. However, the schedule
and availability is subject to the advice of your respective doctors.

At BirthBCG, HEPA-B (3 doses at ages 0, 1 month, and 6 months old)
6, 10, and 14 Weeks OldPentaHib, OPV, PCV, Rota Virus (2-3 doses, which should be complete before 6 months)
9 Months OldMeasles
1 Year OldMMR Booster
Yearly As Early As 9 Months OldInfluenza
Above 1 Year OldHPV (starting at 9 years old), Vitamin A, Varicella, JAP vaccine, Typhoid

When it comes to health, prevention is always better than a cure. That’s why it cannot be stressed enough how crucial these tests are when caring for our health. It’s important to find the right health package so that you, as an employer, can make these laboratory and diagnostic tests available for your employees.

We at Maria Health, the first online health aggregator in the country, can help you future-proof the health of your employees by providing you the best options for them. Diagnostic care is available both in prepaid and business plans.

We have partnered with some of the leading health maintenance organizations in the country to bring an accessible and affordable way for you to find tailor-fit health packages. Our website provides you access to real time assistance, non biased advice, an instant proposal system and a simplified sign up process convenient to businesses that is available on any device, anytime, anywhere.

So shop for healthcare now! Contact our team to get the perfect plan fit to your needs by signing up at mariahealth.ph

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