What general medical tests do I need?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Here is a list of the medical tests you should get regularly:
  1. Weight, waist, height, and BMI (Body Mass Index for your doc's records: yearly.
  2. Blood pressure: yearly.
  3. Cholesterol (HDL, LDL, triglycerides): at least every five years but increasing frequency with age and male gender.
  4. Thyroid-stimulating hormone: every other year starting at age 35.
  5. Echocardiogram and stress test: once at age 50 as a baseline.
  6. Physical exam: yearly.
  7. Bone mineral density: around menopause, and every five years after if normal.
  8. Eye exam: every two years by an ophthalmologist.
  9. Hearing exam: at age 65 and yearly in physical.
  10. Oral exam: at least yearly by dentist.
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