Should You Get a Physical Exam?
You may have seen the recent New York Times article titled “Let’s (Not) Get Physicals“. The article discusses some of the advantages, but mostly focuses on the disadvantages to an annual physical, including a list of possibly unnecessary procedures such as prostate specific antigen blood tests, pap smears and routine EKG’s.
As one of the eight healthy steps to Get Cooperized!, we recommend a regular, comprehensive physical exam. While it might not be appropriate for a 25-year-old, healthy, asymptomatic person to receive an annual physical, as we age (40’s, 50’s and on) it’s very important to have a regular, comprehensive exam. How do you know if you need an annual physical? Take into account your age, blood pressure, fitness levels and more.
Todd Whitthorne, President and CEO of Cooper Concepts, Inc. and Michele Kettles, MD, MSPH, COO and Preventive Medicine Physician at Cooper Clinic discuss the article and their recommendations in a podcast.
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