“35 is the New (Whatever Age You Like)”

35 Years of Age & Older

Over 35? Me too. It’s a great phase, really. You’re still young enough to eat ice cream, but old enough to feel its negative effects for hours afterward (a real “circle of life” experience). You’re right in the sweet spot.

But (record scratch), it’s not all cookies and cream for us 35+ers. Researchers recently found that only 8% of us are getting the proper preventive medical care that we need.  And for men, that number is more like 2%.

The survey included 15 evidence-based recommendations for various screening tests and immunizations. Screening for high blood pressure performed the best, where it was found that 87.3% of adults have had this done (high five, as soon as your testing arm is free!).

Shingles Vaccine

Getting the shingles vaccine scored the lowest. Granted, it’s not recommended until you’re 60, but only 37.9% of those eligible had received it.

Truth be told, there are a lot of things we aren’t sure about in medicine. But one thing we are sure about is that screenings save lives. Detecting high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many types of cancer can be lifesaving. Counseling around tobacco use, alcohol use, obesity, and depression have all resulted in measurable improved outcomes.

Are you wondering what screenings you should get? Has it been a while since you talked to a medical professional? The results of this study suggest that there’s a pretty good chance that is true.  

Reach Out to Us at Remedy

You can always reach out to Remedy; that’s one of the reasons we’re here. We don’t push unnecessary tests and therapies, but follow evidence-based guidelines about what screenings should be done.

The 15 measures were identified with guidance from an expert national steering committee. Each measure had to be evidence-based (based on recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force or the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices), relevant, and actionable. If you’re curious which 15 items were on the list, here it is. Contact us to see which of these screenings you might need:

Screenings
High Blood Pressure Age 18
Cholesterol Typically age 35 for men, 45 for women, may be younger in patients with risk factors
Breast cancer Age 40-74
Colon cancer Age 45-85
Cervical cancer Age 21-65
Osteoporosis Women age 65 and up
Prostate-specific antigen Men aged 55-69
Counseling
Tobacco All adults
Alcohol use All adults
Obesity All adults
Depression All adults
Vaccines
Influenza Yearly
Zoster (Shingles) Age 50 and up
Pneumonia Age 65 and up
Other
Counseling on aspirin use Age 50 and up

 

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